Elizabeth Taylor – universally acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest beauties – died today of congestive heart failure. The violet-eyed diva was 79-years-old when her heart gave way at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for almost six weeks.
The London-born screen goddess became a star at the age of 12, a bride and a divorcee at 18, an icon at 19 and a widow at 26. As famous for her marriages as her movies, Taylor married eight times – including twice to actor Richard Burton. She appeared in more than 50 films, won two Oscars and was a spokeswoman for several causes, especially AIDS research. Her work won her a special Oscar – the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award – in 1993, which she accepted by telling the world that, “I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame.”
What better words could there be to remember her by? RIP Liz… the sky gained another sparkling star today.