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Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away at 79

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Over the last few decades, it feels as though Elizabeth Taylor had become more of a personality than anything else, a known alcoholic and bride extraordinaire (married eight times). Many forget that on top of being an fantastically talented actress, she was one of the most beautiful women to ever live. CNN has reported that Taylor died early this morning of heart failure, an ailment she’s suffered from for over half of a decade. It brings to end an illustrious career, but perhaps only begins a great legacy.

After taking on several great roles as a teenager (including Kay Banks from the original “Father of the Bride”), she broke into stardom at eighteen starring alongside Montgomery Clift in one of George Stevens’ finest films “A Place in the Sun.” Throughout the fifties, she offered up some fantastic performances, such as “Giant,” “Raintree County,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and “Suddenly, Last Summer,” before winning her first Best Actress Oscar for “Butterfield 8.” This was all before she tore the cinematic world apart by giving one of the greatest performances ever by an actress in Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for which she won another Oscar.

Taylor has made a lasting impact on the world of cinema. Her beauty, charm and talent will surely trickle down the ages and she shall be missed.