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Legendary Actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies at the age of 79

Updated on December 31, 2012
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Born February 27, 1932, Elizabeth Taylor was my mom’s inspiration.

This legendary movie actress died of heart failure at the age of 79, just like my mom.

The impact of her death sent my head spinning. Comparing her to my own mother would be unfair.

Their lives were different in many ways and yet the parallelisms shook the deepest part of my soul.

Elizabeth Taylor was a movie actress; my mom was not in the public eye. However, my mom was born on February 26 and she died from heart failure at the age of 79 as well.

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My mom was married to the same man for over 47 years before my father passed away. Liz Taylor had been married 8 times to 7 different husbands. The Hollywood life creates this style of living. It is a life that promises great things but fails to deliver.

The parallels seem unlikely but the coincidences are too strong to ignore.

Ms. Taylor was surrounded by her 4 children at the time she died. Having 4 children as well, my mom suffered with congestive heart failure.

Elizabeth Taylor’s son, in a recent statement said, “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.”

These were the same heartfelt sentiments I felt over the loss of my own dear mother.

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A two time Academy Award winner, Elizabeth was known for exceptional beauty.

At a very young age, in 1945 she won the hearts of Hollywood with her role in “National Velvet.” Only 12 years old, she was destined to become a great Hollywood legend.

With over 50 movies during her lifetime, Elizabeth Taylor displayed a portrait like no other. Her movies inspired many. The movie, “Cleopatra” was one of her greatest performances.

Working alongside the likes of many great actors in her day such as Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Bing Crosby, James Dean, Paul Newman, and of course Richard Burton, whom she married twice.

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A great friend to many within the industry, she was also a great humanitarian.

In my memory, her friendship to Michael Jackson stands out the most amongst all those other friendships.

Michael Jackson was disgraced and humiliated in the public and Liz Taylor stood right by his side defending him.

What greater friend would do this and with such, is the power of true friendship.

Her Humanitarian Award acceptance speech in 1993 was truly inspiring.

I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame." - Elizabeth Taylor

The tributes poured in from all over. Hollywood mourns a legend.

Whoopi Goldberg on "The View" said, "She really mentored me."

Larry King said, “She was larger than life. She fought the fight against AIDS. If she was your friend, she was your friend for life. We’ll never see her likes again. She’s the end of an era.”

"She liked all the diamonds, but the real diamond was her." - George Hamilton, actor.

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Elizabeth Taylor will live on in her movies and in the hearts of many.

My father once said the reason he married my mom was because she looked like Elizabeth Taylor.

My mom just smiled.

Maybe my parents were there to welcome Ms. Taylor, and my mom finally got the chance to meet her "twin."

This has been my personal tribute to a Hollywood actress, one I never knew, but always felt connected to.

A true legend, a real friend, a beautiful woman with a lifetime of achievements, Elizabeth Taylor will be remembered by the legacy she left behind.

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      openingdoors2u 6 years ago

      A nice tribute to both your Mom and Elizabeth Taylor. It's interesting the connections that develop between ourselves and famous people sometimes. My own mother had lovely black hair and beautiful eyes, etc. and I remember thinking that she looked like ET also when I was young. Your story is nice, about your Dad's initial attraction, and then the other parallels. Your mother certainly was a beautiful woman. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and reminding us of Elizabeth Taylor's many accomplishments.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks openingdoors.. My mother really like Elizabeth Taylor, I'm sure she would have loved this article I did in her honor.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      You did a fantastic job of capturing all the info that was available about legendary Elizabeth Taylor.

      I was thinking about writing an article about her death as well. However, I am glad you did it because you included much more than I had imagined including.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks Rev. I didn't realize how emotionally connected I would be to this tribute until I pulled it together. So many memories came flooding back.

      You should write one as well, you are an excellant writer.

      Thank you for your encouragement.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      FaithDream, I wouldn't be able to do the article justice after reading your wonderful one. I have many more topics to write about. So, this one's on you.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I see a little resemblance with your mom! She was a nice looking lady! Don't you just love the hair styles of the 40's and 50's? Lovely tribute to Liz Taylor and your mom

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      A beautiful tribute to the aspects of yourself symbolised by these two great women. Thank you.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Fossillady for the nice compliment.

      Thank you Spirit Whisperer for your kind words.

      This was a difficult hub to write but I'm glad others also found the tribute meaningful. Thanks for commenting.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      So beautifully written! Absolutely a meaningful tribute!

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Sharyn for your encouragement.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Such a beautiful tribute to the great legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor. Well done and much enjoyed. May she rest in peace and rejoice in being reunited with loved ones. :) Katie

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you katiem.. I appreciate your comments.

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      DIYweddingplanner 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      We could have had the same mom. My mom also died of heart failure at the age of 64. She and my father had been married for 47 years when she passed away and she also was the mother of four. She was a fan and admirer of Elizabeth Taylor and they both had beautiful eyes. The world is much poorer for the loss of both our moms and Elizabeth Taylor. Very nice hub, thank you.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks for sharing DIYweddingplanner. I like the similarities you mentioned. I hope this article brought you fond memories.

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      Only a few days back I have watched the Cleopatra.I think she will remain as an iconic figure for many many years from now as well.Thank you :)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      A remarkable woman whose beauty was more than skin deep. I have long admired Taylor, and hope that she is now at peace and with those she loved. Excellent hub.

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      create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

      FaithDream this is such a touching hub. I am impressed with the way you were able to show the similarities between your mother and Elizabeth Taylor. I have always admired her from my childhood and she was one of my favorite actresses. My heart grieved for her when she developed health problems and I wished I could have helped her overcome what she was experiencing. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful hub. Your mother was also a beautiful woman, and she seemed to be charming also. I will rate you up.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and comments on this article about Elizabeth Taylor. A true legend of her era, she will be forever missed.

      Thanks to andromida,genna,and createapage for sharing this with me. I appreciate your wonderful comments and my heart is deeply touched.

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      What a remarkable legend she leaves behind for us all to enjoy still to though. Voted up.

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