Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor died on Wednesday morning at the age of 79.
Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning at the age of 79.
Taylor had been hospitalized for the past six weeks for congestive heart failure. The actress died on Wednesday morning surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton.
Elizabeth Taylor, a longtime smoker, announced her congestive heart failure diagnosis in 2004. This condition causes the heart to gradually lose the ability to pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
The actress was considered one of the silver screen’s most beautiful, known for her beautiful blue eyes.
But Taylor was also known for her personal life, having married eight times to seven different husbands.
Elizabeth had five children and is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Taylor’s acting career began at the age of nine and became a star at the age of 12 after her appearance in “National Velvet” in 1944.
Taylor won two Best Actress Oscars: in 1960 for “Butterfield 8” and then again in 1966 for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Elizabeth’s son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement that his mom “was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour, and love.”
“Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished.
“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.”
A private funeral will be held later this week for the actress.
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