After battling health problems for many years, Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor has died. She was 79. Taylor’s publicist, Sally Morrison, said in a statement, “She was surrounded by her children – Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton.” The Oscar winning is also survived by ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
During the week of February 11th, Taylor was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where it has been reported that she stayed there until her passing. She had been suffering symptoms of congestive heart failure.
Elizabeth Taylor was known for many things: her violet eyes, her work as an actress, her charitable donations, and her love life. Taylor found stardom at the age of 12, after appearing in the 1944 movie National Velvet. After playing Cleopatra in 1963’s Cleopatra she became the first Hollywood actor to earn $1 million. She was also an advocate for AIDS, and received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993 by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her charity work. Taylor was married eight times to seven different husbands, including twice to Richard Burton, and also hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton and U.S. Senator John Warner.