March 23rd, 2011 - The legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at the age of 79. Surrounded by her four children, the actress died of congestive heart failure at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Taylor dealt with many serious health problems during her life. She survived a benign brain tumour, skin cancer; she broke her back 5 times and had 2 incidents of massive pneumonia. Taylor was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2004.
Taylor was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performance in “Butterfield 8” in 1960, and for “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966. Taylor`s vast filmography counts more than 60 movie appearances.
In 1960, Taylor became the highest paid actress up to that time when she signed a one million dollar contract to play the title role in extravagant production of “Cleopatra”. During the filming, she began a romance with her future husband Richard Burton, who played Mark Antony. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were married in a civil ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal in 1964. Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands.
The American Film Institute named Elizabeth Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list. She was awarded the Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Academy Award in 1992 for her work fighting AIDS. In 1999, Taylor was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.