Elizabeth Taylor has Died

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor, considered by many to be the greatest star, has died at the age of 79 of congestive heart failure.

A three-time Oscar winner, Taylor began her movie career as a child, but managed to transition to adult actress starring in more than 50 movies including such classics as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, Cleopatra, Butterfield 8 and, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor in London to American parents on Feb. 27, 1932, the Taylor family moved to California where her mother aggressively pushed her into auditions, Elizabeth was noticed by talent scouts and soon had a contract at Universal Pictures and later, at MGM.

Her film career spanned 7 decades.

But it was her humanitarian work later in life that would forever earn my respect. In the mid-1980s, during the dark, medieval days of the Reagan era, Elizabeth Taylor became an tireless activist in the fight against AIDS.

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation would go onto to raise millions of dollars for patient care and medical research. Ms. Taylor was a founding member of AMFAR.

In the early 1990s, I had the great fortune to see her in person in San Francisco. She was even more beautiful in person than on film.

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9 Responses to Elizabeth Taylor has Died

  1. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Elizabeth Taylor fearlessly visited AIDS patients in hospices in the mid-1980s before much was known about the disease and before there was effective treatment.

    She shamed Reagan into allocating Federal dollars for research when he was afraid to said the acronym AIDS. Even though he and Nancy’s longtime friend, Rock Hudson had died from the virus that causes AIDS.

    Elizabeth Taylor was a true legend. Larger than life, complicated, talented and classy.

  2. Marcus,

    Not everyone knows the revenue she earned from the perfume sales of ‘White Diamonds’ went to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

    She earned millions of dollars for patient care and medical treatment.

  3. feminazi says:

    I didn’t even know she was ill. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, there was no bigger film star and everyone I knew wanted to look like her. Of course, no one looked like Elizabeth Taylor except Taylor. I love the still you put up from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She and Paul Newman were glorious together. She was the greatest star. RIP, beautiful lady.

  4. Harry says:

    Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful and talented women in the world. Her work for the AIDS Foundation was unequaled. She will be missed.

  5. Woodcliffe says:

    In her heyday, Elizabeth Taylor was considered the sexiest, hottest woman in the world.

    I was always taken by her beauty and her eyes. Plus, she was a real humanitarian and very generous to everyone around her. I remember those terrible, first years of the AIDS epidemic. People thought you could “catch it” from just being in the same room with a sufferer. She didn’t buy it and she held and cried with men and women in hospitals and put herself out there. RIP, beautiful Elizabeth.

  6. Big Hank says:

    A great woman, actress and humanitarian.

    The label “Legend” is used generously today but Elizabeth Taylor was a Legend. I will always remember her in Butterfield 8. She told people she hated that movie but I thought she was magnificent in it.

  7. Rachel says:

    Elizabeth will be missed. Her passing made me so aware of how fleeting time is and how quickly it passes. Of the remaining great actresses, I can only think of two: Jane Fonda and Meryl Streep. But even they lack the star power of Ms. Taylor.

  8. DMason says:

    Giant and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf are two of the greatest films ever made and they were great in large part from the presence of Elizabeth Taylor. What a sad day.

  9. R.J. says:

    I was too young to see her films in theaters but I remember how much she did for AIDS research in the early days when no one wanted to get involved. She was a great actress but it’s her humanitarian deeds I’ll remember the most.

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