This morning, the world learned of the death of one of Hollywood’s greatest legends. Oscar winning actress and legendary beauty Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79. She had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for several weeks prior to her death, where she was being treated for congestive heart failure.
Born Elizabeth Rosamond Taylor, the London born star first achieved fame as a child actress. By the time of her death, the two-time Oscar winner had more than 70 film and television credits to her name.
There is no disputing the fact that – particularly in her youth – the raven-haired, violet-eyed beauty defined Hollywood glamor. She practically dripped with diamonds on most occasions. But despite her beauty and her wealth, there always seemed a certain sadness about her. Perhaps because of her rocky all-too-public private life.
But she had humor, too. My favorite quote is one about her numerous marriages. (She may very well hold the record – 8, I believe, to 7 different men.)
“I am a very committed wife. And I should be committed too – for being married so many times,” she once said.
She was fiercely loyal to her friends, as evidenced by the way she stuck by Michael Jackson through all his scandals and legal woes. And she had a good heart. Following the death of her friend Rock Hudson, she became one of Hollywood’s first AIDS activist, raising millions for the cause.
Of all her work, I prefer her earlier films. My favorites include Life with Father, Father of the Bride, Father’s Little Dividend and Elephant Walk.
In them, there was a wide-eyed innocence to her flawless beauty. That’s how I’ll always remember her.
Rest in Peace, Elizabeth Taylor.
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