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Elizabeth Taylor Dies at Age 79

Updated on March 24, 2011
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Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79

Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79
"I'm a survivor," she once said, "a living example of what people can go through and survive."

"The more, the better," Was her motto.

Elizabeth Taylor was the first actor in history to be pronounced dead— come back to life and go on to win two Academy Awards.

In the beginning:
Born Feb. 27, 1932 - Elizabeth Rosamond Taylor, in London England - Both of her parents were American.

Liz soon became known as the "violet-eyed beauty". She arrived in Hollywood in 1939 leaving Europe with her family. Once in the states a friend got Taylor a screen test with Universal Pictures. She was in her very first picture; There's One Born Every Minute (1942 comedy) at age 10.

Though her on screen charm was evident early on, Universal Studios didn't see it and eventually let her go.

Fortunately for MGM they had the foresight to snatch up and promote Ms. Taylor who would soon became a movie icon and as well as a living legend.
The 1943 movie, Lassie Come Home, was her breakout film where she co-starred with soon to be life long friend Roddy McDowall.

In 1944's National Velvet, the movie that put Taylor squarely on the map to stardom but would also land her in the hospital. During filming of the equestrian film, Taylor, then 12 years old fell from a horse.

Her injuries developed into a life long battle with back problems and this injury would prove to be the first in a list of ailments Ms. Taylor would be plagued by:

• an emergency tracheotomy (a byproduct of near-fatal double pneumonia) (1961)
• severe respiratory problems (1990)
• double hip replacement surgery (1995)
• an irregular heartbeat (1996)
• a benign brain tumor (1997)
• a broken back (1998)
• a second broken back (1999)
• pneumonia (2000)
• skin cancer (2002)
• a broken foot (2003)
• heart surgery (2009)
• congestive heart failure dating back to the early 2000s.
• dependency on drugs and alcohol landing her in rehab in 1983 and 1988.

It was while she suffered from double pneumonia when Ms. Taylor was administered last rites, and it was just after that when she was quoted to say; “I actually saw the light."

Taylor’s fame for hospital visits was rivaled by her many trips down the alter-
Elizabeth Taylor's Marriages and Divorces:

• Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (May 6, 1950 - January 29, 1951) (divorced)
• Michael Wilding (February 21, 1952 - January 26, 1957) (divorced)
• Michael Todd (February 2, 1957 - March 22, 1958) (widowed)
• Eddie Fisher (May 12, 1959 - March 6, 1964) (divorced)
• Richard Burton (March 15, 1964 - June 26, 1974) (divorced)
• Richard Burton (again) (October 10, 1975 - July 29, 1976) (divorced)
• John Warner (December 4, 1976 - November 7, 1982) (divorced)
• Larry Fortensky (October 6, 1991 - October 31, 1996) (divorced)
Taylor's last film appearance was in 1994 - The Flintstones.

Elizabeth Taylor died "peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles," said a statement from her publicist. She was hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, "a condition with which she had struggled for many years. Though she had recently suffered a number of complications, her condition had stabilized and it was hoped that she would be able to return home. Sadly, this was not to be."

March 23, 2011 - The end of an era Elizabeth Taylor dead at age 79
As she herself once admitted: "My life has had so many ups and downs that sometimes it takes even my breath away."


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