Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Another Hollywood legend has left us this week as actress Elizabeth Taylor has reportedly passed away at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. She had been hospitalized a few weeks ago with congestive heart failure, and although for a while her condition seemed to stabilize, ultimately she was not able to overcome it. She was 79 years old. Taylor had not done much acting over the past few decades, but she was well known for her charity work and her friendship with Michael Jackson, and she will always be remembered for her top notch performances throughout the ’50s and ’60s.

Widely considered to be one of the last major stars to come out of the old Hollywood studio system, Taylor got her first big break at the age of 10 in There’s One Born Every Minute. The movie that truly made her a star was National Velvet, co-starring Mickey Rooney, and from there she went on to star in Giant with James Dean and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Paul Newman. She also headlined Cleopatra, still seen as one of the most expensive movies ever made, and eventually won Oscars for her performances in BUtterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. What will you remember Elizabeth Taylor for most?

  • One of the best lines I’ve read in awhile, R.I.P. Ms. Taylor:

    “BUtterfield 8,” with Taylor cast as a sexually carnivorous party girl. Though she disliked the film, her performance — and a sudden case of pneumonia that threatened her life — invited the sympathy of the Motion Picture Academy, and she finally won an Oscar. “I lost to a tracheotomy,” fellow nominee Shirley MacLaine quipped.

  • Hugh

    She will be up there alternately loving and rowing with her former husband and great thesp Richard Burton.

    She was a larger than life character, actress and charity campaigner.

    Elizabeth Taylor RIP.

  • Werner

    The Taming of the Shrew is my favorite. She was a great human being on film and in life.

  • MikeH

    she was definitely one of the iconic entertainers, and she was battling quite a number of things.