December 12, 2017

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor - Simply beautiful.

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor has died in Los Angeles aged 79. The double Oscar winning actress was as famous for her private life and charitable work as for her movie roles.

Taylor who has suffered ill health for many years was in recent times being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure. It will have been comforting for her to have her four children were with her when she died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Her son Michael Wilding called her “an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest”.

“We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it,” he continued.

“Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”

Dame Elizabeth Taylor was a favourite of the gossip magazines with her seven marraiges. Two of those were to the equally famous Richard Burton. The Burton-Taylor acting partnership starred in 12 films together. She met Richard Burton when they were cast in 1963’s Cleopatra. It was at the time the most expensive film ever made.

In later years Taylor became a tireless champion for Aids charity work. In the early days of the Aids virus, she was one of the first celebrities to publicly champion the fight against Aids and supporting those who were suffering from it. The death of her close friend Rock Hudson from aids inspired her to set up the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation in 1991.

She won her first Oscar for Butterfield 8 and her second in 1967 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Taylor became a star at the age of 12 in National Velvet and starred on over 70 films.

In addition to her four children – Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Maria Burton-Carson and Liza Todd-Tivey – Dame Elizabeth is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A private family funeral will be held later this week. Instead of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.