Taylor’s publicist, Sally Morrison said the screen legend died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Her career in film spanned over six decades, with two Oscars and over 50 films including “National Velvet”, “Butterfield 8”, “Little Women”, “The Flinstones”, and “Cleopatra.” For some she will be remembered by some as the last major Hollywood siren to come out of the old studio system. For others it will be her famous violet eyes. But Taylor was known by many more for the dramas that unfolded outside of her film career.
In many ways, Elizabeth Taylor was the template for the modern celebrity. While she owned her craft, she was as famous for her love life as the characters she played in front of the camera. She had torrid love affairs with her seven husbands, but had no fewer than eight marriages – marrying the love of her life, Richard Burton twice.
Perhaps the New York Daily News, which covered Taylor’s tabloid exploits throughout the years, said it best:
Sure, Elizabeth Taylor was a riveting actress. But the reason she stayed in our minds all these years, long after she had left the acting game, is that even off the screen she seemed to do everything a little larger than life.
In the past the past decade, the larger than life actress had suffered from the ails of old age. She suffered a broken back, skin cancer, several episodes of pneumonia, hips replacements on both sides and a brain tumor removed, which proved to be benign.
Taylor was born February 27, 1932 in London, England to American parents. She took her last breath early Wednesday morning.
“All her children were with her,” said Morrison.