The entertainment world lost one of its most recognized stars, as Elizabeth Taylor passed away on March 23 at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Taylor had been in ill health for the past six weeks.
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London. Her first widely recognized role was in the film “National Velvet.” In 1960, she became the first actress to be paid $1 million for a role, playing the title character in “Cleopatra.” Taylor was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning for “Butterfield 8” in 1961 and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 1967. In 1992, she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards.While Taylor had a dubious reputation for her many marriages and divorces, she was highly acclaimed for her work to support the fight against AIDS. In 1999, she was appointed with the distinction of being a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, similar to a male being knighted.
Taylor leaves behind four children, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and an enduring legacy.
written by jubbie, March 25, 2011