Oscar-winning actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79 of congestive heart failure. The two-time Academy Award winner died today in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Hospital after being there for 6 weeks.
In a statement to the press, her son Michael Wilding, 58, said:
“My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, 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.”
Known as the first celebrity to take on the AIDS epidemic and for her legendary looks and many marriages, Elizabeth also ushered in the modern-day celebrity fragrance craze when she released her first scent.
She also leaves behind a legacy of great film roles as she began acting at the age of 12. She won her first Oscar for Butterfield 8 in 1960 followed by a second Oscar for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. Then there was Cleopatra, the movie known for her dramatic costumes and introducing her to the love of her life, Richard Burton. Other notable films include Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Little Women and Giant.
In addition to her children, Taylor is survived by 10 grand children and four great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.