Elizabeth Taylor

  • Born: February 27, 1932
  • Died: March 23, 2011
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

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This is a November 1956 photo of the actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Screen legend dies at 79

Liz Taylor buried in small ceremony at LA cemetery

SANDY COHEN, The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor's funeral started late — just the way the screen legend wanted it.

Her family held a brief private service Thursday at a Southern California cemetery famous for being the final resting place of Hollywood celebrities, including her good friend Michael Jackson.

But the funeral began 15 minutes after its announced start time in observance of the actress' parting wish, according to her publicist, Sally Morrison.

She left instructions asking for the tardy start and had requested that someone announce, "She even wanted to be late for her own funeral," Morrison said.

Taylor died early Wednesday at age 79 of congestive heart failure while surrounded by her four children at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks.

Taylor, who was infamously married eight times to seven husbands, converted to Judaism before her 1959 wedding to Eddie Fisher. Jewish customs call for a burial within 48 hours of death.

Inside the sprawling Forest Lawn Cemetery, barricades blocked access to the funeral, where about four dozen family members mourned the actress during a service that lasted about an hour, said Glendale police spokesman Tom Lorenz. Five black stretch limousines transported Taylor's family to and from the funeral, but no procession was held.

The service began with poetry readings by actor Colin Farrell and Taylor's family members and included a trumpet performance of Amazing Grace by her grandson, Morrison said.

The casket was draped in gardenias, violets, and lilies of the valley before its interment in the cemetery's Great Mausoleum beneath a marble sculpture of an angel inspired by the work of Italian artist Michelangelo.

In addition to Jackson, the cemetery is the final resting place for such stars as Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, W.C. Fields, Red Skelton, Gracie Allen, Walt Disney and Nat King Cole.

Taylor, the star of such films as "BUtterfield 8," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Cleopatra," won three Academy Awards, including a special one for her humanitarian work. She was an ardent and early supporter of AIDS research, when HIV was new to the industry and beyond.

"I admired Elizabeth Taylor enormously and feel heartsick losing her, especially with all of her charitable works," said Ann Berry, a fan and character actress who lives nearby and visited the cemetery with a friend to pay their respects to the star.

Several television news crews documented the service from across the street while news helicopters swirled overhead and students got out of class at the nearby Cerritos Elementary School.

Taylor underwent at least 20 major operations during her life and 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, and was treated for alcohol and drug abuse at the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Survivors include Taylor's daughters Maria Burton-Carson and Liza Todd-Tivey, sons Christopher and Michael Wilding, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Taylor's publicist said any details of a memorial service would likely be announced at a later date.
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Taylor lived glorious spectacle on-screen and off

DAVID GERMAIN, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor went from dazzling beauty in her glory years to self-described ruin in old age.

She spent almost her entire life in the public eye, from tiny dancer performing at age 3 before the future queen of England, to child screen star to scandalous home-wrecker to three-time Academy Award winner for both acting and humanitarian work.

A diva, she made a spectacle of her private life — eight marriages, ravenous appetites for drugs, booze and food, ill health that sparked headlines constantly proclaiming her at death's door. All of it often overshadowed the fireworks she created on screen.

Yet for all her infamy and indulgences, Taylor died Wednesday a beloved idol, a woman who somehow held onto her status as one of old Hollywood's last larger-than-life legends, adored even as she waned to a tabloid figure.

Taylor, 79, died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks.

"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," her son, Michael Wilding, said in a prepared statement.

A star from her teen years in such films as "National Velvet," ''Little Women" and "Father of the Bride," Taylor won best-actress Oscars as a high-end hooker in 1960s "BUtterfield 8" and an alcoholic shrew in a savage marriage in 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

In the latter, she starred with husband Richard Burton, their on-screen emotional tempest considered a glimpse of their stormy real lives (they divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975 and divorced again a year later).

For all the ferocity of her screen roles and the turmoil of her life, Taylor was remembered for her gentler, life-affirming side.

"The shock of Elizabeth was not only her beauty," said "Virginia Woolf" director Mike Nichols. "It was her generosity, her giant laugh, her vitality, whether tackling a complex scene on film or where we would all have dinner until dawn."

"She is singular and indelible on film and in our hearts," he said.

Though Taylor continued acting in film, television and theater in the 1980s and 1990s, she called it quits on the big screen with 1994's "The Flintstones," playing caveman Fred's nagging mother-in-law.

Taylor bid farewell to the small screen with 2001's "These Old Broads," a geriatric diva romp co-starring Shirley MacLaine, Joan Collins and one-time romantic rival Debbie Reynolds, whose husband, Eddie Fisher, left her for Taylor in the late 1950s.

She was remembered for her friendship, standing by Michael Jackson, Rock Hudson and other troubled friends.

"I don't know what was more impressive, her magnitude as a star or her magnitude as a friend," MacLaine said. "Her talent for friendship was unmatched. I will miss her for the rest of my life and beyond."

Collins called Taylor one of the last of the true Hollywood icons. "There will never be another star who will come close to her luminosity and generosity, particularly in her fight against AIDS," she said.

AIDS activism had become Taylor's real work long before she gave up acting. Her passion in raising money and AIDS awareness brought her an honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, in 1993.

"Acting is, to me now, artificial," Taylor told The Associated Press at the 2005 dedication of a UCLA AIDS research center. "Seeing people suffer is real. It couldn't be more real. Some people don't like to look at it in the face because it's painful.

"But if nobody does, then nothing gets done," she said.

One of the groups that benefited, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, praised Taylor for being "among the first to speak out on behalf of people living with HIV when others reacted with fear and often outright hostility."

Taylor's work "improved and extended millions of lives and will enrich countless more for generations to come," the group said.

Taylor received the Legion of Honor, France's most prestigious award, in 1987 for AIDS efforts. In 2000, Queen Elizabeth II made Taylor a dame — the female equivalent of a knight — for her services to charity and the entertainment industry.

Taylor herself, however, suffered through the decades.

She fell from a horse while shooting 1944's "National Velvet," causing a back injury that plagued her for the rest of her life. Her third husband, producer Michael Todd, died in a plane crash after only a year of marriage.

Taylor had life-threatening bouts with pneumonia, a brain tumor and congestive heart failure in her 60s and 70s, and from drug and alcohol abuse, including a 35-year addiction to sleeping pills and painkillers, which prompted her to check in to the Betty Ford Center.

She had at least 20 major operations, including replacements of both hip joints and surgery to remove the benign brain tumor.

Taylor also dealt with obesity, packing on as much as 60 pounds and writing, "It's a wonder I didn't explode" in her 1988 book "Elizabeth Takes Off," about how she gained the weight and then shed it.

"Eating became one of the most pleasant activities I could find to fill the lonely hours and I ate and drank with abandon," she said.

After a lifetime of ailments and self-abuse, Taylor said in a 2004 interview with W magazine that "my body's a real mess. ... Just completely convex and concave."

Her trials made her a butt of jokes, but even when people made fun, she preserved a hint of the divine aura of her youth.

When cartoonist Garry Trudeau mocked Taylor and then-husband John Warner, newly installed as a U.S. senator, in a 1979 "Doonesbury" comic strip, he memorably described her as a "tad overweight, but with violet eyes to die for."

Her eyes were only part of the charms that took her to the top in Hollywood and kept her there for decades.

Born in London on Feb. 27, 1932, to art dealer Francis Taylor and American stage actress Sara Sothern, Taylor seemed born for the spotlight. A seasoned ballerina at age 3, Taylor danced before Princess Elizabeth, the future queen.

Her family moved to Hollywood at the outset of World War II. She then made her screen debut with a tiny part in the 1942 comedy "There's One Born Every Minute." Her big break came a year later in "Lassie Come Home."

Taylor's screen test for the film won her both the part and a long-term contract. She grew up quickly after that.

"I have the emotions of a child in the body of a woman," she once said. "I was rushed into womanhood for the movies. It caused me long moments of unhappiness and doubt."

Steady work and high-profile romances followed into her late teens, with early lovers including athletes Ralph Kiner and Glenn Davis and hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr., whom she married at age 18 and divorced just months later.

Taylor showed her first real grown-up glimmers as an actress with 1951's "A Place in the Sun," adapted from Theodore Dreiser's novel "An American Tragedy."

After some old-fashioned costume pageants ("Ivanhoe," ''Beau Brummell") and romances ("The Last Time I Saw Paris," ''The Girl Who Had Everything"), Taylor set the screen ablaze opposite Rock Hudson and James Dean in the 1956 epic "Giant."

She was primed to become one of the era's most-acclaimed actresses.

Taylor got four straight Oscar nominations from 1957-1960, for "Raintree County," the back-to-back Tennessee Williams adaptations "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Suddenly, Last Summer," then her win for "BUtterfield 8," a film she later disparaged.

Professional success was tempered by the headlines that came with Taylor's personal life. She was wed again at 19, to British actor Michael Wilding, a marriage that lasted four years and produced two sons.

She married producer Todd, with whom she had a daughter. Fisher was best man at Todd's wedding to Taylor. A year after Todd's death in the plane crash, Fisher left Reynolds to marry Taylor, who converted to Judaism before the wedding.

Then came Burton. They met while filming "Cleopatra," a colossally expensive production that nearly ruined 20th Century Fox.

The movie was derided by critics as a bloated bore, but the ardor between Taylor's Cleopatra and Burton's Mark Antony came to life for real as the co-stars began one of Hollywood's great and stormy love affairs.

The romance created such a sensation that the Vatican denounced their behavior as the "caprices of adult children."

After Taylor divorced Fisher and Burton divorced his wife, they were married in 1964. Along with a daughter, the fiery relationship produced a surprisingly durable working partnership.

Over a decade, Taylor and Burton co-starred in "The VIPs," ''The Sandpiper," ''The Taming of the Shrew," ''The Comedians," ''Dr. Faustus," ''Boom!", "Under Milk Wood," and "Hammersmith is Out."

They also starred in a 1973 TV movie, "Divorce His, Divorce Hers," prophetically about the breakup of a marriage. Their own first marriage ended a year later.

But it was "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", released in 1966 when their marriage still was fairly fresh, that stands as the dramatic peak for Taylor and Burton and an eerie window into an explosive romance.

Based on Edward Albee's play, the film stars Burton and Taylor as George and Martha, who nearly destroy each other over the course of a drunken evening of vicious role-playing and mind games with another couple.

"We fight a great deal," Burton once said of his real life with Taylor, "and we watch the people around us who don't quite know how to behave during these storms. We don't fight when we are alone."

Taylor was also known for real-life sauciness.

"She had a sense of humor that was so bawdy, even I was saying, 'Really? That came out of your mouth?'" Whoopi Goldberg said on ABC's "The View," recalling how Taylor gave her advice about her own Hollywood career.

"She was just a magnificent woman. She was a great broad and a good friend," Goldberg said.

After their second marriage ended, Taylor and Burton reunited professionally for a touring production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" in 1982. Burton died two years later. Taylor married Warner in 1976, and they divorced in 1982.

Two of Taylor's early marriages, to Wilding and Todd, were to men 20 years older than she was. For her final marriage in 1991, Taylor wed a man 20 years younger, Larry Fortensky, a trucker and construction worker she met at the Betty Ford Center.

That wedding was a media circus at the ranch of her friend, Michael Jackson. It included the din of helicopter blades, a journalist who parachuted to a spot near the couple and a gossip columnist as official scribe.

By 1995, Taylor and Fortensky had separated. She divorced for the last time in 1997.

"I was taught by my parents that if you fall in love, if you want to have a love affair, you get married," Taylor once said. "I guess I'm very old-fashioned."

Taylor's survivors include daughters Maria Burton-Carson and Liza Todd-Tivey, sons Christopher and Michael Wilding, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A private family funeral is planned later this week.

Not long before Burton's death, as her Hollywood career was winding down and her first stint in rehab lay before her, Taylor, turning 50 at the time, looked back on her life self-critically but unapologetically.

"I don't entirely approve of some of the things I have done, or am, or have been," she said. "But I'm me. God knows, I'm me."

Associated Press writers Bob Thomas, and Hillel Italie and David Bauder in New York contributed to this report.
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Legendary actress dies at 79

DAVID GERMAIN, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the classic movie stars and a template for the modern celebrity, died Wednesday at age 79.

She 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."

Taylor was the most blessed and cursed of actresses, the toughest and the most vulnerable. She had extraordinary grace, wealth and voluptuous beauty, and won three Academy Awards, including a special one for her humanitarian work.

One of those Oscars came for a searing performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" She played an alcoholic shrew in an emotionally sadomasochistic marriage opposite real-life husband Richard Burton.

For all the ferocity of her screen roles and the turmoil of her life, Taylor was remembered by "Virginia Woolf" director Mike Nichols for her gentler, life-affirming side.

"The shock of Elizabeth was not only her beauty. It was her generosity. Her giant laugh. Her vitality, whether tackling a complex scene on film or where we would all have dinner until dawn," Nichols said in a statement. "She is singular and indelible on film and in our hearts."

Taylor was the most loyal of friends and a defender of gays in Hollywood when AIDS was new to the industry and beyond. But she was afflicted by ill health, failed romances (eight marriages, seven husbands) and personal tragedy.

"I think I'm becoming fatalistic," she said in 1989. "Too much has happened in my life for me not to be fatalistic."

Her more than 50 movies included unforgettable portraits of innocence and of decadence, from the children's classic "National Velvet" and the sentimental family comedy "Father of the Bride" to Oscar-winning transgressions in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Butterfield 8." The historical epic "Cleopatra" is among Hollywood's greatest on-screen fiascos and a landmark of off-screen monkey business, the meeting ground of Taylor and Burton, the "Brangelina" of their day.

She played enough bawdy women on film for critic Pauline Kael to deem her "Chaucerian Beverly Hills."

That sauciness was part of her real life, too.

"She had a sense of humor that was so bawdy, even I was saying, 'really? That came out of your mouth?'" Whoopi Goldberg said on ABC's "The View," recalling how Taylor gave her advice about her own Hollywood career. "She was just a magnificent woman. She was a great broad and a good friend."

But her defining role, one that lasted past her moviemaking days, was "Elizabeth Taylor," ever marrying and divorcing, in and out of hospitals, gaining and losing weight, standing by Michael Jackson, Rock Hudson and other troubled friends, acquiring a jewelry collection that seemed to rival Tiffany's.

She was a child star who grew up and aged before an adoring, appalled and fascinated public. She arrived in Hollywood when the studio system tightly controlled an actor's life and image, had more marriages than any publicist could explain away and carried on until she no longer required explanation. She was the industry's great survivor, and among the first to reach that special category of celebrity — famous for being famous, for whom her work was inseparable from the gossip around it.

The London-born actress was a star at age 12, a bride and a divorcee at 18, a superstar at 19 and a widow at 26. She was a screen sweetheart and martyr later reviled for stealing Eddie Fisher from Debbie Reynolds, then for dumping Fisher to bed Burton, a relationship of epic passion and turbulence, lasting through two marriages and countless attempted reconciliations.

She was also forgiven. Reynolds would acknowledge voting for Taylor when she was nominated for "Butterfield 8" and decades later co-starred with her old rival in "These Old Broads," co-written by Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.

Taylor's ailments wore down the grudges. She 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.

Her troubles bonded her to her peers and the public, and deepened her compassion. Her advocacy for AIDS research and for other causes earned her a special Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, in 1993.

As she accepted it, to a long ovation, she declared, "I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame."

The American Foundation for AIDS Research, for which Taylor was a longtime advocate, noted in a statement that she was "among the first to speak out on behalf of people living with HIV when others reacted with fear and often outright hostility."

"She leaves a monumental legacy that has improved and extended millions of lives and will enrich countless more for generations to come," the group said.

The dark-haired Taylor made an unforgettable impression in Hollywood with "National Velvet," the 1945 film in which the 12-year-old belle rode a steeplechase horse to victory in the Grand National.

Critic James Agee wrote of her: "Ever since I first saw the child ... I have been choked with the peculiar sort of adoration I might have felt if we were in the same grade of primary school."

"National Velvet," her fifth film, also marked the beginning of Taylor's long string of health issues. During production, she fell off a horse. The resulting back injury continued to haunt her.

Taylor matured into a ravishing beauty in "Father of the Bride," in 1950, and into a respected performer and femme fatale the following year in "A Place in the Sun," based on the Theodore Dreiser novel "An American Tragedy." The movie co-starred her close friend Montgomery Clift as the ambitious young man who drowns his working-class girlfriend to be with the socialite Taylor. In real life, too, men all but committed murder in pursuit of her.

Through the rest of the 1950s and into the 1960s, she and Marilyn Monroe were Hollywood's great sex symbols, both striving for appreciation beyond their physical beauty, both caught up in personal dramas filmmakers could only wish they had imagined. That Taylor lasted, and Monroe died young, was a matter of luck and strength; Taylor lived as she pleased and allowed no one to define her but herself.

"I don't entirely approve of some of the things I have done, or am, or have been. But I'm me. God knows, I'm me," Taylor said around the time she turned 50.

She had a remarkable and exhausting personal and professional life. Her marriage to Michael Todd ended tragically when the producer died in a plane crash in 1958. She took up with Fisher, married him, then left him for Burton. Meanwhile, she received several Academy Award nominations and two Oscars.

She was a box-office star cast in numerous "prestige" films, from "Raintree County" with Clift to "Giant," an epic co-starring her friends Hudson and James Dean. Nominations came from a pair of movies adapted from work by Tennessee Williams: "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Suddenly, Last Summer." In "Butterfield 8," released in 1960, she starred with Fisher as a doomed girl-about-town. Taylor never cared much for the film, but her performance at the Oscars wowed the world.

Sympathy for Taylor's widowhood had turned to scorn when she took up with Fisher, who had supposedly been consoling her over the death of Todd. But before the 1961 ceremony, she was hospitalized from a nearly fatal bout with pneumonia and Taylor underwent a tracheotomy. The scar was bandaged when she appeared at the Oscars to accept her best actress trophy for "Butterfield 8."

To a standing ovation, she hobbled to the stage. "I don't really know how to express my great gratitude," she said in an emotional speech. "I guess I will just have to thank you with all my heart." It was one of the most dramatic moments in Academy Awards history.

"Hell, I even voted for her," Reynolds later said.

Greater drama awaited: "Cleopatra." Taylor met Burton while playing the title role in the 1963 epic, in which the brooding, womanizing Welsh actor co-starred as Mark Antony. Their chemistry was not immediate. Taylor found him boorish; Burton mocked her physique. But the love scenes on film continued away from the set and a scandal for the ages was born. Headlines shouted and screamed. Paparazzi, then an emerging breed, snapped and swooned. Their romance created such a sensation that the Vatican denounced the happenings as the "caprices of adult children."

The film so exceeded its budget that the producers lost money even though "Cleopatra" was a box-office hit and won four Academy awards. (With its $44 million budget adjusted for inflation, "Cleopatra" remains the most expensive movie ever made.) Taylor's salary per film topped $1 million. "Liz and Dick" became the ultimate jet set couple, on a first name basis with millions who had never met them.

They were a prolific acting team, even if most of the movies aged no better than their marriages: "The VIPs" (1963), "The Sandpiper" (1965), "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967), "The Comedians" (1967), "Dr. Faustus" (1967), "Boom!" (1968), "Under Milk Wood" (1971) and "Hammersmith Is Out" (1972).

Art most effectively imitated life in the adaptation of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" — in which Taylor and Burton played mates who fought viciously and drank heavily. She took the best actress Oscar for her performance as the venomous Martha in "Virginia Woolf" and again stole the awards show, this time by not showing up at the ceremony. She refused to thank the academy upon learning of her victory and chastised voters for not honoring Burton.

Taylor and Burton divorced in 1974, married again in 1975 and divorced again in 1976.

"We fight a great deal," Burton once said, "and we watch the people around us who don't quite know how to behave during these storms. We don't fight when we are alone."

In 1982, Taylor and Burton appeared in a touring production of the Noel Coward play "Private Lives," in which they starred as a divorced couple who meet on their respective honeymoons. They remained close at the time of Burton's death, in 1984.

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London on Feb. 27, 1932, the daughter of Francis Taylor, an art dealer, and the former Sara Sothern, an American stage actress. At age 3, with extensive ballet training already behind her, Taylor danced for British princesses Elizabeth (the future queen) and Margaret Rose at London's Hippodrome. At age 4, she was given a wild field horse that she learned to ride expertly.

At the onset of World War II, the Taylors came to the United States. Francis Taylor opened a gallery in Beverly Hills and, in 1942, his daughter made her screen debut with a bit part in the comedy "There's One Born Every Minute."

Her big break came soon thereafter. While serving as an air-raid warden with MGM producer Sam Marx, Taylor's father learned that the studio was struggling to find an English girl to play opposite Roddy McDowall in "Lassie Come Home." Taylor's screen test for the film won her both the part and a long-term contract. She grew up quickly after that.

Still in school at 16, she would dash from the classroom to the movie set where she played passionate love scenes with Robert Taylor in "Conspirator."

"I have the emotions of a child in the body of a woman," she once said. "I was rushed into womanhood for the movies. It caused me long moments of unhappiness and doubt."

Soon after her screen presence was established, she began a series of very public romances. Early loves included socialite Bill Pawley, home run slugger Ralph Kiner and football star Glenn Davis.

Then, a roll call of husbands:

— She married Conrad Hilton Jr., son of the hotel magnate, in May 1950 at age 18. The marriage ended in divorce that December.

— When she married British actor Michael Wilding in February 1952, he was 39 to her 19. They had two sons, Michael Jr. and Christopher Edward. That marriage lasted 4 years.

— She married cigar-chomping movie producer Michael Todd, also 20 years her senior, in 1957. They had a daughter, Elizabeth Francis. Todd was killed in a plane crash in 1958.

— The best man at the Taylor-Todd wedding was Fisher. He left his wife Debbie Reynolds to marry Taylor in 1959. She converted to Judaism before the wedding.

— Taylor and Fisher moved to London, where she was making "Cleopatra." She met Burton, who also was married. That union produced her fourth child, Maria.

— After her second marriage to Burton ended, she married John Warner, a former secretary of the Navy, in December 1976. Warner was elected a U.S. senator from Virginia in 1978. They divorced in 1982.

— In October 1991, she married Larry Fortensky, a truck driver and construction worker she met while both were undergoing treatment at the Betty Ford Center in 1988. He was 20 years her junior. The wedding, held at the ranch of Michael Jackson, was a media circus that included the din of helicopter blades, a journalist who parachuted to a spot near the couple and a gossip columnist as official scribe.

But in August 1995, she and Fortensky announced a trial separation; she filed for divorce six months later and the split became final in 1997.

"I was taught by my parents that if you fall in love, if you want to have a love affair, you get married," she once remarked. "I guess I'm very old-fashioned."

Her philanthropic interests included assistance for the Israeli War Victims Fund and the Variety Clubs International.

She received the Legion of Honor, France's most prestigious award, in 1987, for her efforts to support AIDS research. In May 2000, Queen Elizabeth II made Taylor a dame — the female equivalent of a knight — for her services to the entertainment industry and to charity.

In 1993, she won a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute; in 1999, an institute survey of screen legends ranked her No. 7 among actresses.

During much of her later career, Taylor's waistline, various diets, diet books and tangled romances were the butt of jokes by Joan Rivers and others. John Belushi mocked her on "Saturday Night Live," dressing up in drag and choking on a piece of chicken.

"It's a wonder I didn't explode," Taylor wrote of her 60-pound weight gain — and successful loss — in the 1988 book "Elizabeth Takes Off on Self-Esteem and Self-Image."

She was an iconic star, but her screen roles became increasingly rare in the 1980s and beyond. She appeared in several television movies, including "Poker Alice" and "Sweet Bird of Youth," and entered the Stone Age as Pearl Slaghoople in the movie version of "The Flintstones." She had a brief role on the popular soap opera "General Hospital."

Taylor was the subject of numerous unauthorized biographies and herself worked on a handful of books, including "Elizabeth Taylor: An Informal Memoir" and "Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry." In tune with the media to the end, she kept in touch through her Twitter account.

"I like the connection with fans and people who have been supportive of me," Taylor told Kim Kardashian in a 2011 interview for Harper's Bazaar. "And I love the idea of real feedback and a two-way street, which is very, very modern. But sometimes I think we know too much about our idols and that spoils the dream."

Survivors include her daughters Maria Burton-Carson and Liza Todd-Tivey, sons Christopher and Michael Wilding, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A private family funeral is planned later this week.

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Associated Press Writers Bob Thomas and David Bauder contributed to this report.

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Elizabeth Taylor's film, television and theater credits:

Films

"There's One Born Every Minute," 1942

"Lassie Come Home," 1943

"Jane Eyre," 1944

"The White Cliffs of Dover," 1944

"National Velvet," 1944

"Courage of Lassie," 1946

"Cynthia," 1947

"Life With Father," 1947

"A Date With Judy," 1948

"Julia Misbehaves," 1948

"Little Women," 1949

"Conspirator," 1950

"The Big Hangover," 1950

"Father of the Bride," 1950

"Father's Little Dividend," 1951

"Quo Vadis," cameo, 1951

"A Place in the Sun," 1951

"Callaway Went Thataway," cameo, 1951

"Love Is Better Than Ever," 1952

"Ivanhoe," 1952

"The Girl Who Had Everything," 1953

"Rhapsody," 1954

"Elephant Walk," 1954

"Beau Brummell," 1954

"The Last Time I Saw Paris," 1954

"Giant," 1956

"Raintree County," 1957

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," 1958

"Suddenly, Last Summer," 1959

"Scent of Mystery," unbilled cameo, 1960

"Butterfield 8," 1960

"Cleopatra," 1963

"The VIPs," 1963

"The Sandpiper," 1965

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" 1966

"The Taming of the Shrew," 1967

"The Comedians," 1967

"Reflections in a Golden Eye," 1967

"Doctor Faustus," 1967

"Boom!" 1968

"Secret Ceremony," 1968

"The Only Game in Town," 1970

"Under Milk Wood," 1971

"X, Y and Z," 1972

"Hammersmith Is Out," 1972

"Night Watch," 1973

"Ash Wednesday," 1973

"The Driver's Seat," 1973

"That's Entertainment!" narrator, 1974

"The Blue Bird," 1976

"A Little Night Music," 1977

"Winter Kills," 1979

"The Mirror Crack'd," 1980

"Genocide," narrator, 1982

"Between Friends," 1983

"Young Toscanini," 1988

"The Flintstones," 1994

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Theater:

"The Little Foxes," 1981

"Private Lives," 1983

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Television:

"Divorce His, Divorce Hers," 1973

"Victory at Entebbe," 1976

"Return Engagement," 1978

"General Hospital," 1981

"Hotel," 1984

"Malice in Wonderland," 1985

"North and South," 1985

"There Must Be a Pony," 1986

"Poker Alice," 1987

"Sweet Bird of Youth," 1989


Condolence & Memory Journal

Candle

What a smart and beautiful lady,she overcame health problems had a career, had loves of her life and received jewelry that was unbelievable . She also started people thinking of aids at a time when it was not thought of. She was also fearless! Great legacy! love you Liz!

Posted by Carol lane - Indianapolis, IN - Admirer   March 17, 2015

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One of my favorites. May she be in heaven more beautiful than ever and praying for all the suffering people in the world.

Posted by Dolores Schantin - Fan   January 17, 2012

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I just wanted to say May God Bless You for all that you've accomplished in this crazy world. Many people often compared your appearance with my Mom's. She looked so much like you, and often was complimented on her beauty as well. I lost her at a very young age of 68 to COPD resulting in a pulminary embolism.

Posted by Terri Waytis - A Fan   January 02, 2012

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I SAW ELIZABETH TAYLOR IN DALLAS,TX. AT THE
NEIMAN MARCUS STORE WHEN HER PERFUME LINE
FIRST CAME OUT. HER BEAUTY IS BREATH TAKING.
I AM SOOO GLAD I WENT NOW TO SEE HER .. SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.

Posted by JANIE ABEL - FAN   April 19, 2011

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true beauty

Posted by Debbie Whiteman - fan   April 05, 2011

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I was a stage manager once on her APLA fund raiser-- she was lovely and gracious in the way she treated me and others.
2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Posted by Tonia - knew for a moment   April 05, 2011

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Liz Taylor was a very uniquely beautiful woman. I was always wowed by her beauty. She always had such spunk, too! Truly one of the most missed icons, for me. Rest in peace Elizabeth!

Posted by Sally Kirchoff - Devoted Fan   April 05, 2011

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Tho most beautiful LADY in all of Hollywood --- EVER!!!

Posted by Marty    April 02, 2011

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Thank You for all the years of beautiful entertainment. Your beauty will live forever in our hearts.
Daniel and Vicki Buschur

Posted by Vicki Smith    March 30, 2011

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my prayers are with your family

Posted by doreen - fan   March 30, 2011

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She was a great Star and my prayers are with her family.

Posted by Kathy Jones - admirer   March 28, 2011

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GOD BLESS YOU.

Posted by DAYLE REEDY    March 27, 2011

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She brought joy and happiness into the lives of all with her wonderful personality, her honesty about her life, her beauty which would mesmerize one instantly. Her heart of gold and her genuine caring about her fellow man regardless of their stage in life. Elizabeth you will be missed until all is passed of this life and we meet in the next. We know the angels were there at your last breath and immediately placed you in the arms of our Saviour as you smiled your beautiful smile showing your happiness among those waiting for you.

Posted by Joan Buchanan West - Lifelong devoted fan.   March 27, 2011

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She is beautiful on the outside and the inside. She is one of the few celebrities who didn't let fame get in the way of helping others who were less fortunate. She will be missed.

Posted by Cynthia Gonzales - fan   March 27, 2011

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Heart broken.

Posted by Brenda Mankin - none   March 27, 2011

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Thanks for the memories

Posted by Wendell Boardman-Davis - Fan   March 26, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor was one of my favorite actresses. I've seen all her movies several times within my lifetime. I admire her as a actress and also for her beautiful giving heart towards the many people that are living with AIDS. My son Jack died in 1981, he was one of the first ones that died of AIDS. I have always been interested in reading about her and have read so many autobiographies of her life. I am deeply sadden by the loss of such a great person. My heart and prayers go out to her family. God bless you all. Lois Johnson
(Commonwealth, WI)

Posted by Lois Johnson - A fan   March 26, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor was Mom's favorite actress, the were both born on the same day and year, two very special people that are truly missed!!!!!!!!! rest in peace with Micheal, oh what a reunion!!!!

Posted by annette simmons    March 26, 2011

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So sorrry th hear that you have pass on,but Prayers to your family

Posted by HEATHER BKYTHE - Fan   March 26, 2011

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Elizabeth, you were such a great lady and beautiful person. You will trully be missed by all of your fans. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Rita - Fan   March 26, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor will be missed by fans and friends of many generations. Not only was she a caring, compassionate, beautiful woman, but a role model for many women old and young around the world. Rest well, Liz, and enjoy the company.

Posted by Grenda    March 26, 2011

I never had the opportunity to meet you i just want to let you know you were the absolute beauty and amazing on screen i wish i knew you personally. i was introduced to your movies at a young age by my aunt and my grandmother some of my best memories with them was watching your movies like the last time i saw paris. my you rest in peace you were the only real true beauty that all women want to be like but don't even come close. we love you. you are a diamond miss taylor.

Posted by jaime grierson - arlington, MA - fan   March 25, 2011

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Hope you are at rest Dear Elizabeth with all your other great star friends. God Bless Sue

Posted by Sue Silvers - a fan   March 25, 2011

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what a wonderful actress and person you were
we will have your movies always.

Posted by loretta cole - fan   March 25, 2011

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Elizabeth,you were my idol. I loved all your movies. You were the most beautiful woman ever and a true movie star. I always wanted to write you a fan letter, and now regret never doing so.Good night sweet Queen rest in peace.

Posted by Janette - A fan   March 25, 2011

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She was such a beautiful woman (just see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), as well as beautiful on the inside. A generous sweetheart that will never be forgotten.

Posted by Lauren - Fan   March 25, 2011

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you will be missed,no more pain for you.

Posted by linda plourd - fan   March 25, 2011

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We shall never forget and miss you lots, Ms. Taylor

Posted by mikie reyes - Fans friend   March 25, 2011

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You were a great actress and will be missed

Posted by Toni Evans - fan   March 25, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor was a trully beautiful woman that besides facial beauty she had inner beauty. May she rest in peace and thank you from your fan that you ontinued to love life

Posted by Virginia Badillo - Fan   March 25, 2011

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I have watched Elizabeth and enjoyed her since I was a child God Bless and Keep Her.

Posted by Barbara Pascale - Fan   March 25, 2011

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What a star and what a beauty you were here on earth.

Posted by Lynda Pace    March 25, 2011

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mii taylor was one of a kind

Posted by lorinda parsons    March 25, 2011

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I will always remember Elizabeth as an incredible actress and humanitarian. Tho she played many fabulous roles...my favorite was "Maggie the Cat." No one will ever be able to equal that role. RIP Elizabeth.

Posted by A'delma Jo Stahl - fan   March 25, 2011

She did alot of good things to help promote awarness of the aids tradgey.Just thought she was a wonderful actress and a beatiful person. God Bless her soul.
Our deepest sympathy to all family and friends.
Ruth and joel Forney and cats

Posted by ruth/joel forney - New Cumberland, PA - fans   March 25, 2011

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To a Gorgous LADY. I have often been mistaken for you when you when you were younger. I am interested in sending photos and have seen all of your movies . I am 61 yrs. old -age ALWAYS guessed in my 40S--I also have gay male friends & I am married. Liz--The PAIN is GONE. Love-----------

Posted by DianneChicca - Look -Alike   March 25, 2011

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God Bless Elizabeth Taylor and the entire family. She will be deeply miss.

Posted by William Fawcett - Fan   March 25, 2011

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Elizabeth was always a "knockout beauty", very pleasant to look at and have as a great legend as one of the great actresses of our time.
Dennis of San Diego

Posted by Dennis Dooley - friend   March 25, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful women to grace this world with her presence. She was an outspoken human being that cared about the underdog, stood up for them and didn't care what people thought. I admire her drive to live life the best she could through all kinds of adversity. She was truly a living legend! Her memory and work will live on forever.
"Rest peacefully with the loved ones who passed before you. You were loved, Ms. Taylor!"

Posted by Sharon L. Svoboda    March 25, 2011

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You will be greatly missed~Forever in our hearts~

Posted by Venessa Williams - friend   March 25, 2011

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just loved her as an actress as well as a person....

Posted by Sylvia Taylor Holmes - none   March 25, 2011

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She will always be remembered as a very special woman.

God keep you.

Posted by Linda Reyes - Admirer   March 25, 2011

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Ms Taylor was an awesome lady...

Posted by Maddy Gunter    March 25, 2011

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Great actress, she will be greatly missed my many fans.

Posted by Lecia Martin - Fan   March 25, 2011

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God Bless her for always being herself and a friend to those who would have remained in the shadows if she hadn't come forward.

Posted by Francine Kincaid - Fan   March 25, 2011

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Rest in peace Elizabeth

Posted by Val - fan   March 25, 2011

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Since I was a child I admire her, on the movies she preformed, like "Black Beauty", "Cleopatra", "Giant" etc. I always admire her violet eyes and her spunk personality.
May She Rest In Peace.

Posted by G. Bullard - Fan   March 25, 2011

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I have been a fan since a teenager. I actually met her at a fundraiser in VA and again in NYC when she did "Little Foxes". A beautiful woman, human being and soul. I WILL MISS HER LIGHT.

Posted by Deanna Komuves - Fan   March 24, 2011

America Has Lost Their Queen.

Posted by Paul Young - Rochester, NY - A LONG TIME FAN   March 24, 2011

i always loved her movies.and she was a beautiful woman.was so sorry to hear about her death.

Posted by louise - columbia, TN - a fan of hers.   March 24, 2011

There will never be another star as bright as Elizabeth Taylor - your long hard journey is over - may you now rest in peace!

Posted by Anna Adriance - Media, PA - Fan   March 24, 2011

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EVEN THOUGH I NEVER KNEW HER PERSONALLY, I ALWAYS FELT LIKE SHE WAS PART OF THE FAMILY THAT WE NEVER SAW DUE TO HER WORK. MY TWO FAVORITE MOVIES WERE CLEOPATRA AND CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. SHE WILL BE MISSED GREATLY, I PRAY FOR HER ENTIRE FAMILY, YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS AS HARD AS IT SEEMS NOW.
I CAN SAY I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, BECAUSE IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS I LOST MY MOTHER AND DAUGHTER AND I KNOW MANY WILL SAY THEY KNOW HOW YOU FEEL AND NOT REALLY KNOW. YOU TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME AND ONE DAY AT A TIME AND REMEMBER ALL THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES YOU HAVE.

Posted by JOYCE CAMPBELL    March 24, 2011

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RIP Elizabeth,A great actress and a wonderful human being.I celebrate you as a life well lived

Posted by Deionna Woodworth - fan   March 24, 2011

SHE WAS A GREAT ACTRESS AND WAS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WHO LOVED EVERYONE . SHE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW AND LOVED HER.

Posted by BONNIE PARK - GREENVILLE, OH - FAN   March 24, 2011

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I remember back in the 50'S this beautiful young lady on the cover of Parade Magazine...I wanted to look like her when I grew up...She was beautiful and she was Elizabeth Taylor

Posted by mary ann k - fan   March 24, 2011

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She was a wonderful actress and a great humanitarian!

Posted by Cindy Parker - a fan   March 24, 2011

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Shalom

Posted by MW    March 24, 2011

I was privileged to see Ms. Taylor and Mr. Burton in the Broadway Production of Private Lives. Her eyes were as violet then as they were always. Her staff sent me a card once signed by her as she had been very sick and I thought she would die then and I wrote her. She survived and did so much good with bringing AIDS to the front burner even when it wasn't cool to do so. In hope she will be remembered most for her charitable contributions in both strength and monies and for her movies. She is truly a legend but she was also a Mom and a grandmother and I am sure that was considered to her the best achievement of all. You will be missed. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

Posted by Sue Minister - Deerfield Beach, FL - A Fan   March 24, 2011

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Elizabeth
May you rest in peace, you gave so much to everyone here on earth. My sincere condolences to her family.

Posted by Linda    March 24, 2011

i remember when she sang at for MJ it was so beautiful as well as her.

Posted by marisa eaton - cottonwood, MN - friend   March 24, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor,
You are with the Lord now and I know you are rejoicing. I know that you haven't been in good health for a long time but now you have a new body.
I have enjoyed watching all of your movies and I will continue watching them. You were a wonderful actress who came to us as a child star and remained a star as an adult.
My prayers are with your family as they will say goodbye to you. May your family always remember that you are forever with them I know what you are going through because of the death of my own mother who lived to be 42 years of age with a massive heart attack.
May you lean upon the Lord during this loss.
Paula Mitchell

Posted by Paula Adair-Mitchell - Fan   March 24, 2011

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Her beauty and violet eyes and sparkling diamonds will be missed. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Barbara    March 24, 2011

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Seeing Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway was one of my greatest thrills in life. Those beautiful eyes were beyond description. God bless you Elizabeth for all your generosity and compassion. We will miss you,
Debby in California

Posted by Debby    March 24, 2011

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you were the great actress of all times. There will be no one to take ur place. Rest in peace beautiful soul, enjoy your reunion in heaven.

Posted by earlene stanton - fan   March 24, 2011

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Enjoyed all of your movies - rest in peace

Posted by Beth - admirer   March 24, 2011

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Elizabeh Taylor will be dearly missed..She was a legend in her own time!

Posted by Foxey Ladync - Fan   March 24, 2011

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Just enjoyed her talent and beauty.

Posted by Sally Hodges - Fan   March 24, 2011

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rest in peace
god love you

Posted by robert - fan   March 24, 2011

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May God Bless her family

Posted by Randy Hutchinson    March 24, 2011

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God bless you Elizabeth, praying for a peaceful transition.

Posted by Susan - viewer   March 24, 2011

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Say "Hello" to my loved ones in heaven.

Posted by Janet    March 24, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor's passing is an end to old-screen stardom. Dame Taylor was not only beautiful on the outside but also beautiful, kind, compassionate and loving on the inside. She cared very much for Aids victims and was a champion for her foundation that has helped so many. Dame Taylor embraced life to the fullest and now she is gone but she will never be forgotten. Her memory, her beauty, her legacy shall live on always!

Posted by Tess Field - Fan   March 24, 2011

I know it may sound silly to a lot of people, but my mom was murdered back in 1982. Anyways, throughout my moms life everyone always said she could of been liz taylors twin. So when my mom was taken from us I always looked @ liz & thought wow if my mom was still alive this is what she would look like. Now i cant do this anymore, its like going through my moms death all over again. Never again will I be able to gaze @ a liz & project my mom. :( rest in peace Liz we all love you & will miss you desperatly. May God Bless Your Soul

Posted by robyn castrop - harrison, MI - admirer   March 24, 2011

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The Queen is dead, and there is none to take her place. Unique and beyond compare. If her luck holds on the other side, she can spend eternity with both Mike Todd and Richard Burton, as well as Rock Hudson and James Dean. I expect Michael J. is waiting for her too. Farewell, Elizabeth. Be at peace and without pain

Posted by Deirdre - fan forever   March 24, 2011

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YOU WERE THE BEST AT WHAT EVER YOU SET OUT TO DO...YOU WERE IN ALL OUR LIVES ONE WAY OR ANOTHER...R.I.P.

Posted by Dianne - a fan   March 24, 2011

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Thank-you Ms Taylor for all the the great performances you have given us! You are a true gem! Love and Miss you!
Barbara

Posted by Barbara - fan   March 24, 2011

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A great iconic actress, beautiful and giving.
Thank you for your hard work to change the world.
You'll be missed.

phyllis L

Posted by phyllis (strawderman) Lang - Fan   March 24, 2011

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Liz...you definitely left a legacy. There will never, ever be a brighter, more beautiful star.

Posted by Stacey - Admirer   March 24, 2011

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May you rest in eternal peace in Heaven. Thank you for all of your gifts

Posted by Debbie Poore - a fan   March 24, 2011

my thoughts and prayers go out to Elizabeth Taylor's family. God Bless!

Posted by ann chicoine - chicopee, MI - fan   March 24, 2011

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I grew up watching Elizabeth Taylor's movies and thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world. Sending much sympathy to her family.

Posted by Ellen Dickinson    March 24, 2011

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RIP Ms. Taylor. She provided so much entertainment for us all

Posted by Evelyn - fan   March 24, 2011

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GODSPEED MS. TAYLOR

Posted by Kelle Tallman Laws    March 24, 2011

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Rest in Peace Ms Taylor, your a legacy withing your own creation.

Posted by RJ - Fan   March 24, 2011

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She was a very good actress. I watched her movies growing up and she will be missed. my condolences goes out to her family.

Posted by Lera - Fan   March 24, 2011

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You will be great missed

Posted by Theresa - Fan   March 24, 2011

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she was a beutifull person who belived that in every one there is some good had a great long life i loved her pictures may she rest in peace

Posted by marieblagburn - fan   March 24, 2011

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I thank Elizabeth for the joy she has given me through her performances and I love her for the work that she has done for Hiv/Aids

Posted by Ray Moseley - Fan   March 24, 2011

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We will never forget your movies and what you did for those who suffer from HIV

Posted by Sandra Hanford    March 24, 2011

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What a beautiful and fairy tale life, RIP.

Posted by Sonia Wise-Alexander - Fan   March 23, 2011

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I am not that familuar with her movies but I think that she was a beautiful actress with talant. I am sorry for the families loss. I know that she will be around in her movies, and in the things that she has done.

Posted by Shawna SandovalA - self   March 23, 2011

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I'm 53 and remember seeing many of Elizabeths movies when they came out. She was so exquisitely beautiful, and a true Hollywood star. She was so devastated after the death of Mike Todd, and probably Richard Burton as well. I hope they were there to greet her with open arms where she will light up Heaven with her beauty, both inside and out.

Posted by Jill Row - Life Long Fan   March 23, 2011

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she was the favorite of many who watched her thoughout the years. but my mom and aunt often raved of her saying there will never be another more beautiful woman anywhere, she was their very favorite and now they are all togeher, hope they get to meet there idol, may you all RIP. God Bless

Posted by bonnie and brenda - a fan   March 23, 2011

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Bess- you was the woman:)! Thank you fro all you did and accomplished with your time on this earth. You are cherished and will be deeply missed. Peace to you now.

Posted by tomas - fan   March 23, 2011

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Sleep peaceful for you. You worked hard for years!

Posted by Trisha Giorgio - actress   March 23, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor has been a part of my movie life since I was a young girl. Every girl wanted to ride horses because of Elizabeth and every young girl, in their hearts, wanted to be as beautiful as Elizabeth. I just know she would have been a blast to be with. And, I know she would have been a good friend. I am sorry for her passing. She contributed so much to everyone concerned. We'll all miss her.

Posted by Katie Parkin - Fan   March 23, 2011

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TRULY A RARE BEAUTY

Posted by TJPE - FAN   March 23, 2011

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R.I.P

Posted by Jayme    March 23, 2011

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SHE WAS TRULY A STAR AND WILL BE MISSED

Posted by Tom E - A Fan   March 23, 2011

I loved each and everyone of her movies. What a beautiful child, young woman and lady she was. So sorry for her passing.

Posted by Judi Happel - va beach, VA - Fan   March 23, 2011

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rest in peace

Posted by Jerome kujawa - fan   March 23, 2011

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Elizabeth,your memories will linger behind you.Because of the fragment that you gave everyone with white diamond.That is a beautiful perfume.May you rest in peace.Say hello to your best friend( MJ )

Posted by glendoria westmoreland - fan   March 23, 2011

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Those Violet Eyes can See Forever Now

Posted by Gary Moore    March 23, 2011

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You will be missed. Thank you for all you have given us.

Posted by Cynthia - Fan   March 23, 2011

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Loved every movie she has ever made especially "CLEOPATRA".

Posted by SHELLY ELLIS HERRINGTON - FAN   March 23, 2011

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Rest easy dear lady. Your journey has come to its end.

Posted by Jim - admirer   March 23, 2011

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YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED ALWAYS--REST IN PEACE DEAR LADY!

Posted by Diana Arnett - jUST AN ADMIRER   March 23, 2011

This news is so very, very sad. My prayers are for her and her family. May she rest in peace now and forever.

Posted by LynneAnne Kowal - Springfield, PA   March 23, 2011

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This is such aloss.....she was one of many great actresses, so sorry to hear of her death....May God be with her family......

Posted by carolyn stephenson - fan   March 23, 2011

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Elizabeth Taylor is a class act. Lusty and full of love--will be missed. But I can see her laughing with all of those she loves who have gone before her--what a wonderous woman.

Posted by Charlotte Rolle - fan   March 23, 2011

One of my Favorite stars of all time. Whenever one of her movies came out , i would be first in line to see her.One great lady. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Maria Kettlehut - Dunnellon, FL - Freind   March 23, 2011

your beauty will live in our hearts forever

Posted by michelle - tampa, FL - fan   March 23, 2011

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Rest in Peace. Love

Posted by Connie Martin - Lifetime Fan   March 23, 2011

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Truly,a GREAT LOSS to us all!! The most BEAUTIFUL and SOPHISTICATED LADY will always be remembered and LOVED!!

Posted by Connie Martin    March 23, 2011

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Memory Eternal to a classy lady.

Posted by The Monteiro Family - fan   March 23, 2011

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Thank you for your tireless work involving
AMFAR. Your generosity knew no bounds, and your kindness was limitless. Rest in peace.

Posted by David Walach - Admirer   March 23, 2011

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My thoughts and prayers go to her children, death is not easy to deal with at any age. Take care of each other, Liz rest in peace

Posted by Linda Alley    March 23, 2011

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I've been a longtime fan and admirer of the way she has always been there for her friends. Her compassion for the charities and her love of life is so commendable. She will be missed, may God be with her family through this difficult time

Posted by Sherry Presnell - fan   March 23, 2011

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I was shocked and saddened when I found out that Elizabeth Taylor had passed away today. As one of the most beautiful ladies in the world for decades, those violet eyes and exceptional beauty within and without will be missed. God Bless You Elizabeth and Rest in Peace.

Posted by Shelia - A Fan of Elizabeth Taylor   March 23, 2011

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I have been a fan and friend for over 40 years. I feels as if I have lost a member of my family!!! At least now Elizabeth is at peace! I will love her always!!!

Posted by diana lynn - friend   March 23, 2011

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Your beauty will live onscreen forever.

Posted by Maria    March 23, 2011

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R.I.P

Posted by jessica,george,mia& piper - fan   March 23, 2011

i had the pleaser of meeting her at a tea and sandwich lunch fo the sale of your mens Fragrance,. What a Lovley and Warm Person. So sorry for our loss.

Posted by Dan - fort wayne, IN - friend   March 23, 2011

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No sorrow because she done her job on this earth for many years. Wonderful actress on the screen; regardless of her personal choices. I've always thought of her beauty on the outside as well as (most likely)on the inside. She totally retired now in the hands of God!

May Her Soul Be Blessed With Her Finally Rest.....

Posted by jene - fan   March 23, 2011

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Elizabeth, the world's loss is Heaven's great gain. Rest in peace dear soul for you will be greatly missed by all of us mere mortals.

Posted by connie - Deeply Devoted Fan   March 23, 2011

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TO A GREAT LADY REST IN PEACE AND ENJOY YOUR REUNIONS IN HEAVEN, YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL!

Posted by CAROLYN DEAL - ADMIRER   March 23, 2011

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Elizabeth, thank you so much for sharing your talents through the years! I will keep your legacy alive. You are the diamond in the rough! God bless you! Love, Shawn!

Posted by Shawn Williams - Fan   March 23, 2011

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I'm You had to die so young. Big fan!

Posted by Brelinda Garza - fan.   March 23, 2011


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Actress Elizabeth Taylor takes part in the dedication ceremony for the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center for AIDS at Washington's Whitman-Walker Clinic Friday, Nov. 19, 1993.
1948 - Elizabeth Taylor goes for a walk with "Duke", her pet in her next film.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor, decked out in a glittering tiara and large drop earrings, is seen at the St. Valentine's Ball given by the American community in Paris, in this Feb. 14, 1958 file photo.
Liz Taylor and Richard Burton , newly reunited, arrive at cinema of this Swiss resort to attend the first performance of the new movie "The Return of the pink Panther", with Peter Sellers and Catherine Schell as main actor. September 14, 1975
The Burtons in the African bush. Following a visit of the Krueger National Park Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton dissapearad in the African bush to be married for the second time in a private ceremony in a small village in Botswana. October 17, 1975
Actress Elizabeth Taylors 5oth Birthday celebration was still going on in the early hours of Sunday, Feb. 28, 1982. She is shown at Legends, the London nightclub, displaying her enormous cake, in the company of ex-husband, Welsh actor, Richard Burton (left) and theatre producer Zev Bufman (right).

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Winners circle. Actor Richard Burton, left, and Actress and former wife, Elizabeth Taylor pose together with their daughter, Kate Burton backstage at the roundabout Theater in New York on March 30. 1983. Miss Burton appeared in the Play 'Winners" wich opened on March 30th.
Elizabeth Taylor stands with, from left to right, actor Sammy Davis Jr., Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, her husband Sen. John Warner, and entertainer Ben Vereen before receiving the first Humanitarian Laureate from the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies in Los Angeles Sunday, Nov. 09, 1980
Actress Elizabeth Taylor presents the "Commitment to Life" award to former First Lady Betty Ford in Los Angeles, Thursday evening, September 20, 1985, during the black tie, $250-$500-a-plate AIDS benefit, "Commitment to Life."
Actress Elizabeth Taylor, left, and French Baroness Marie-Helene de Rothschild arrive at an AIDS gala in Paris November 25, 1985.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor, stands with Julie Andrews, the star of the movies Mary Poppins and Sound of Music, after they both received the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony held in Buckingham Palace, London Tuesday, May 16, 2000.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor after receiving the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony held at London's Buckingham Palace Tuesday, May 16, 2000.

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Passport Foundation chair Elizabeth Taylor stresses the importance of AIDS treatment and care of people infected with the virus during Macy's American Express Passport fashion show in Santa Monica, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, which raised funds for HIV/AIDS research and treatment.
Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace is seen with actress Elizabeth Taylor while inaugurating his shop in Paris, France, in June 1991.
Elizabeth Taylor is shown with fiancee Larry Fortensky on September 11, 1991 in New York.
President Clinton presents actress Elizabeth Taylor with a Presidential Citizens Medal during a ceremony at the White House in Washington Monday, Jan. 8, 2001. The Presidential Citizens Medal was established by President Richard Nixon in 1969 to recognize exemplary service by any citizen.
Actresses Whoopi Goldberg, recipient of an Angel Award, left, and Elizabeth Taylor pose for photographers at the Annual Angel Awards on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, in the West Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
Music recording artist Elton John and actress Elizabeth Taylor address the audience at "The Concert ... 20 Years with AIDS" benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and AIDS Project Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

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James Earl Jones, Chita Rivera, James Levine, from left to right back row, with Paul Simon and Elizabeth Taylor, from left to right front row, pose for a picture as Kennedy Center Honorees for their lifetime contributions to the performing arts at the U.S. State Department, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002.
Academy Award-winng actress Elizabeth Taylor is escorted to a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington Dec. 8, 2002 where she and four other stars from the world of performing arts were honored by the Kennedy Center for their career achievement.
Elizabeth Taylor, and an unidentified man, arrive at the Moulin de Mougins restaurant, to attend an annual AIDS benefit, during the 56th annual Cannes Film Festival in Mougins, south eastern France, Thursday, May 22, 2003. The black-tie event will benefit the American Foundation for AIDS research.
Actress Shirley MacLaine, left, hugs Dame Elizabeth Taylor at the British Film and Television Academy/Los Angeles Cunard Britannia Awards, Thursday night, Nov. 10, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Taylor received the Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in International Entertainment.
Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Sen. John Warner, R-Va., arrive at Xenon disco in New York for a party for the revival of the Lillian Hellman play "The Little Foxes" in this May 7, 1981 file photo.
President Reagan sits with Elizabeth Taylor during her American Foundation for AIDS Research dinner in Washington on May 31, 1987. His speech is part of "The Age of AIDS," a two-part, four-hour "Frontline" investigation, that deals with the spread of AIDS over the past 25 years.

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Elizabeth Taylor arrives with her family at her Diamond Jubilee birthday party at the Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007.
Elizabeth Taylor arrives at Paramount Studios in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, to give a benefit performance of A.R. Gurney's play "Love Letters" with James Earl Jones for the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation, Dec. 1, 2007
Elizabeth Taylor accepts a rose from AIDS victim Michael Wartman July 8, 1996 during a reception for AmFar, an AIDS research program that Taylor founded. Taylor blasted the Canadian government in a speech at the reception in Vancouver Monday night for not providing enough support to people w/AIDS.
United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, top, applauds Elizabeth Taylor after she addressed a meeting of the American Foundation For AIDS Research at the United Nations General Assembly Dec. 2, 1996. Taylor is one of five honorees being recognized by the American Foundation.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor, left, talks with United Nations Ambassador Madeleine Albright Monday December 2, 1996, after making an address on AIDS in the General Assembly room at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, center, is flanked by singer Tina Turner and basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson backstage at Macy's Passport '97 "Fusion," which raises funds for the fight against HIV and AIDS, Thursday, Sept. 18, 1997, in San Francisco. Johnson and Taylor hosted the gala.

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President Bill Clinton, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, pose with Elizabeth Taylor, and escort Firooz Zahedi at the White House in Washington, D.C., Friday Dec. 31, 1999 during a black tie dinner for more than 300 guests in celebration of the millenium.
Elizabeth Taylor, on the podium for a star appereance at a charity gala to help raise funds for the children of war-ravaged Chechnya in the Beylerbeyo palace on the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Monday, July 28, 1997. Taylor looked very tired and left the palace immediately after her speech.
Elizabeth Taylor arrives with her friend Michael Jackson at the Pantages Theater in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, prior to the start of a birthday celebration for Taylor who turns 65 this month.
Elizabeth Taylor reads aloud some of the thousands of names of people who have died from AIDS in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Oct. 12, 1996. Taylor is expected to lead a candlelight march from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.
In a Sept. 22, 1951 file photo, Elizabeth Taylor is shown at the premiere of "The Lady with the Lamp" at the Warner Theater in London.
This 1961 file photo shows actress Elizabeth Taylor in the film "Butterfield 8" in 1961. Publicist Sally Morrison says the actress died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 79.

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In this Jan. 27, 1985 file photo, Liza Minelli, left, hugs actress Elizabeth Taylor, who holds her Cecil B. DeMille award in Beverly Hills, Calif.
This May 8, 1962 file photo shows actress Elizabeth Taylor on the set of the movie "Cleopatra," in Rome.
This is a November 1956 photo of the actress Elizabeth Taylor.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor and British rock star Elton John pose backstage at the Spectrum Theater in Philadelphia.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor visits the Kruger Park game reserve, just prior to her re-marriage to Richard Burton in Botswana, Africa, October 1975

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In this 1943 file photo, 11- year-old Elizabeth Taylor is shown with Lassie around the time of her performance in "Lassie Comes Home" in Los Angeles.
In this Sept. 25, 1953 file photo, actress Elizabeth Taylor stands on the balcony of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden.
In this April 19, 1961 file photo, actress Elizabeth Taylor holds the Oscar she won as 1960's best film actress for her role in "Butterfield 8," while speaking with reporters in Hollywood, Calif.
In this May 12, 1959 file photo, Eddie Fisher stands with his wife Elizabeth Taylor after their marriage in Las Vegas. Publicist Sally Morrison says the actress died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 79.
Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, from left to right, are shown attending the opening show starring Fisher at the Tropicana, in this June 19, 1958 file photo taken in Las Vegas, Nev

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Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, center, is flanked by singer Tina Turner and basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson backstage at Macy's Passport '97 "Fusion," which raises funds for the fight against HIV and AIDS, Thursday, Sept. 18, 1997, in San Francisco
In this Oct. 9, 1976 file photo, British actress Elizabeth Taylor is seen with fiance John Warner, in Vienna, Austria, where Taylor is filming the screen version of 'A Little Night Music'.
This April 2, 1974 file photo shows actress Elizabeth Taylor standing by a statue of the Academy Award Oscar in Los Angeles.
In this 1957 file photo, actress Elizabeth Taylor is shown in costume for her character in the film "Raintree County." Publicist Sally Morrison says the actress died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 79.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor displays the Jean Hersholt Award she received at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
A Jan. 6, 1953 file photo shows one of the first pictures of Elizabeth Taylor with son Michael Howard Wilding, son of Taylor and English actor Michael Wilding.

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