Elizabeth Taylor Remembered

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:40pm

Stephanie Stanton reports on the death of actress Elizabeth Taylor.

She was a Hollywood icon with a colorful life both on screen and off. Elizabeth Taylor died this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 79 after battling heart failure.

Elizabeth Taylor passed away at Cedars Sinai Medical Center from congestive heart failure, surrounded by her family. The actress will be remembered not only for her on-screen work but her life and loves when the cameras stopped rolling. With her striking beauty and violet eyes, Elizabeth Taylor was the epitome of a Hollywood icon.

Thom Geier, Senior Editor of Entertainment Weekly, says "she is last of that classic Hollywood Studio era star."

Today in Hollywood, at her star on the Walk of Fame, fans paid tribute to the legendary actress. Taylor first rose to stardom when she was just a teenager in "National Velvet."

She went on to star in dozens of Hollywood films including legendary pictures like "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" and "Cleopatra." She earned 5 Academy Award nominations and won two Oscars. She was also the first woman to earn a million dollars for a film.

Stephen Galloway, Executive Editor of The Hollywood Reporter, says "today that is a fairly small number, it at the time it was absolutely gigantic."

Off-screen, her life was just as dramatic.

Thom Geier says "her life story had packed more incident, more drama than most of the films she actually did."

Married 8 times to 7 different men, husband number 6, U.S. Senator John Warner. Today, the former Senator said "her heart and soul were just as beautiful as her classic face and majestic eyes."

But it was her romance to Richard Burton whom she first married in 1974 and then again in 1985 that created a media frenzy.

Stephen Galloway "they were trailblazers for the paparazzi, there had never been anything like that, there had never been stars that big, never been a romance that famous and public and scandalous."

In 2009, she privately mourned the passing of one of her best friends, Michael Jackson. In her later years, it was her charity work for AIDS research that she says kept her going. Just days after celebrating her 79th birthday in February, taylor was hospitalized with congestive heart failure.

Taylor will be remembered for her beauty, generosity and grace.

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