DAME Elizabeth Taylor, whose dazzling beauty and turbulent life made her one of the most famous movie stars in the world, has died at the age of 79, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
The screen siren was hailed as “a Hollywood giant” and “the last of the great glamour stars” as friends and admirers paid tribute.
And the Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? actress was remembered for not only her movie work and her star quality but also her dedication to charity achievements, chiefly her Aids work.
She died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning from congestive heart failure.
Dame Elizabeth, who lived almost her entire life in the spotlight after finding fame as a child star, had been plagued by ill-health for many years and had been in hospital for six weeks with heart problems.
Her son, Michael Wilding - one of four children - said: “My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour, and love.
“We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”
The Oscar-winning star was renowned for her tumultuous personal life, as well as her mesmerising performances.
She was married eight times - twice to the Welsh acting titan Richard Burton - and had a lengthy battle with substance abuse.
The London-born actress appeared in more than 50 films, and won Oscars for her performances in Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), in which she starred opposite Burton. In later years, she was a spokeswoman for several causes, most notably Aids research.
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