Rest in Peace: Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011
Her publicist Sally Morrison said she was in the hospital for the past six weeks and was surrounded by her four children.
“My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor and love,” said Michael Wilding, her son in a statement. “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 forever in our hearts.”
Taylor was a winner of two Academy Awards, including Best Actress for 1967’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and Best Actress for 1961’s “Butterfield 8.”
Her career began as a child star with a film “There’s One Born Every Minute” in 1942. The brunette impressed Hollywood with 1945’s “National Velvet,” a film about a 12-year-old girl rode a steeplechase horse to victory at the Grand National.
MGM immediately placed her into several juvenile roles including “Life With Father,” and “Little Women.”
“Ever since I first saw the child, I have been choked with the peculiar sort of adoration I might have felt if we were in the same grade of primary school,” said critic James Agee with Yahoo! News.
Then her adulthood career began with as a young daughter who was preparing for marriage in “Father of the Bride” and followed it with “A Place in the Sun”
In the 1950s and 1960s, she became one of Hollywood’s greatest sex symbols along with actress Marilyn Monroe. Her long list of films included “Ivanhoe,” “Elephant Walk,” “Giant,” “The Last Time I Saw Paris” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”