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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Screen Legend Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away Today At Age 79!

First of all I would like to say my deepest sympathy goes out to her family of her  passing. She was not only a Legend, but a mother of four, grandmother of ten and a great grandmother of four. I know she will be sadly missed.

Even at a very young age I heard of Elizabeth Taylor. You know how everyone has a favourite actor/actress? Well Elizabeth Taylor was my dads. I'm sure he didn't mind her looks either. Well I know he didn't he thought she was the most beautiful actress ever! I am sure he wasn't alone in that thought.

Elizabeth was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison. 

"My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," her son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement. 

"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." 

"We have just lost a Hollywood giant," said Elton John, a longtime friend of Taylor. "More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being." 

She was in more than 50 movies, won three (Academy Awards, including a special one for her humanitarian work. She was the most loyal of friends and a defender of gays in Hollywood when AIDS was still a stigma in the industry and beyond. Taylor devoted much time and energy to AIDS-related charities and fundraising. She helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) after the death of her former costar and friend, Rock Hudson. She also created her own AIDS foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF). She was a designer of jewelery for The Elizabeth Collection, creating fine jewelry with elegance and flair. The Elizabeth Taylor collection by Piranesi is sold at Christie's. She also launched three perfumes, "Passion", "White Diamonds", and "Black Pearls", which, together, earn an estimated US$200 million in annual sales. In fall 2006, Taylor celebrated the 15th anniversary of her White Diamonds perfume, one of the top 10 best selling fragrances for more than the past decade.

Elizabeth also was a tough lady. She survived and underwent at least 20 major operations and she nearly died from a bout with pneumonia in 1990. In 1994 and 1995, she had both hip joints replaced, and in February 1997, she underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. In 1983, she acknowledged a 35-year addiction to sleeping pills and pain killers. Taylor was treated for alcohol and drug abuse problems at the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif.  

Filmography and various appearances

Taylor has appeared in numerous movies and television shows from 1942 through 2003.
Year Title Role Other notes
1942 There's One Born Every Minute Gloria Twine
1943 Lassie Come Home Priscilla
1944 Jane Eyre Helen Burns uncredited
The White Cliffs of Dover Betsy uncredited
National Velvet Velvet Brown
1946 Courage of Lassie Katherine Eleanor Merrick
1947 Life with Father Mary Skinner
Cynthia Cynthia Bishop
1948 A Date with Judy Carol Pringle
Julia Misbehaves Susan Packett
1949 Little Women Amy
Conspirator Melinda Greyton
1950 The Big Hangover Mary Belney
Father of the Bride Kay Banks
1951 Father's Little Dividend Kay Dunstan
A Place in the Sun Angela Vickers
Quo Vadis Christian prisoner in arena uncredited
1952 Love Is Better Than Ever Anastacia "Stacie" Macaboy
Ivanhoe Rebecca
1953 The Girl Who Had Everything Jean Latimer
1954 Rhapsody Louise Durant
Elephant Walk Ruth Wiley
Beau Brummell Lady Patricia Belham
The Last Time I Saw Paris Helen Ellswirth/Willis
1956 Giant Leslie Lynnton Benedict
1957 Raintree County Susanna Drake Academy Award nomination–Best Actress
1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie the Cat Academy Award nomination–Best Actress
1959 Suddenly, Last Summer Catherine Holly Academy Award nomination–Best Actress
1960 Scent of Mystery The Real Sally uncredited
Butterfield 8 Gloria Wandrous Academy Award–Best Actress
1963 Cleopatra Cleopatra
The V.I.P.s Frances Andros
1965 The Sandpiper Laura Reynolds
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Martha Academy Award–Best Actress
1967 The Taming of the Shrew Katharina Producer (Uncredited)
Doctor Faustus Helen of Troy
Reflections in a Golden Eye Lenora Penderton
The Comedians Martha Pineda
The Comedians in Africa herself documentary short
1968 Boom! Flora 'Sissy' Goforth
Secret Ceremony Lenora
1969 Anne of the Thousand Days Courtesan uncredited
1970 The Only Game in Town Fran Walker
Here's Lucy Herself 1 episode
1972 X,Y, and Zee Zee Blakely
Under Milk Wood Rosie Probert
Hammersmith is Out Jimmie Jean Jackson Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin
1973 Divorce His, Divorce Hers Jane Reynolds TV Movie
Night Watch Ellen Wheeler
Ash Wednesday Barbara Sawyer
1974 Identikit Lise Also known as The Driver's Seat
That's Entertainment! Herself Co Host
1976 The Blue Bird Queen of Light/Mother/Witch/Maternal Love
Victory at Entebbe Edra Vilonfsky TV Movie
1977 A Little Night Music Desiree Armfeldt
1978 Return Engagement Dr. Emily Loomis
1979 Winter Kills Lola Comante uncredited
1980 The Mirror Crack'd Marina Rudd
1981 General Hospital Helena Cassadine #1 3 episodes
1983 Between Friends Deborah Shapiro TV Movie
1984 Hotel (TV series) Katherine Cole 1 episode
All My Children Boardmember at the Chateau
1985 Malice in Wonderland Louella Parsons TV Movie
North and South Madame Conti TV Miniseries
1986 There Must Be a Pony Marguerite Sydney TV Movie
1987 Poke Alice Alice Moffit TV Movie
1988 Young Toscanini Nadina Bulichoff
1989 Sweet Bird of Youth Alexandra Del Lago TV Movie
1992 The Simpsons Maggie Simpson voice
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Mrs Andrews voice
1993 The Simpsons Herself voice
1994 The Flintstones Pearl Slaghoople
1996 The Nanny Herself 1 episode
2000 God, the Devil and Bob Sarah voice
2001 These Old Broads Beryl Mason TV Movie


She was also very famous for her eight marriage to seven men. 
  • Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951) (divorced)
  • Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 – January 26, 1957) (divorced)
  • Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 – March 22, 1958) (widowed)
  • Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 – March 6, 1964) (divorced)
  • Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 – June 26, 1974) (divorced)
  • Richard Burton (October 10, 1975 – July 29, 1976) (divorced)
  • John Warner (December 4, 1976 – November 7, 1982) (divorced)
  • Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 – October 31, 1996) (divorced)
Here is a video clip from: today.msnbc.msn.com 
     


    Here is a wonderful quote, that I just love and truly believe in:
    "Don't second-guess opportunities that arise in your path. Even if you're scared, take chances because you never know what's behind that door; it could be the BEST thing that's ever happened to you." -Elizabeth Taylor
    Rest in peace Elizabeth Taylor! May you never be forgotten!

    Jen McLennan
    Acknowledgments: http://today.msnbc.msn.com & http://en.wikipedia.org/

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