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Actress Elizabeth Taylor in a childhood publicity image.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERS

Elizabeth Taylor and Lassie in Los Angeles in 1943. Taylor received $100 a week; the dog made $250. But Elizabeth Taylor was on her way to stardom.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney starred in "National Velvet" in 1944.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MGM/UA

Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy star in MGM's 1950 classic, "Father of the Bride."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MGM

Actress Elizabeth Taylor in "A Place in the Sun" with Montgomery Clift in 1951.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paramount Pictures

Elizabeth Taylor on the balcony of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm in 1953.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Elizabeth Taylor with newly born Michael Howard Wilding, her son with English actor Michael Wilding, in 1953.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Elizabeth Taylor in a scene from Warner Bros. 1956 classic, "Giant."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Warner Bros.

James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "Giant" in 1956.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Warner Bros.

Elizabeth Taylor and husband, Michael Wilding, relax at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas in 1956.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERS

Elizabeth Taylor arrives with her husband, Mike Todd, for the 1957 premiere of MGM's "Raintree County" in Louisville, Ky.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Actress Elizabeth Taylor in a scene from "Raintree County" in 1957.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Elizabeth Taylor, grieving over the death of husband Mike Todd, is comforted by her brother, Howard, in a limousine as they leave the airport for home in Los Angeles. Todd was among four people killed when the film producer's plane developed engine trouble and crashed in New Mexico in 1958.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Archive

Elizabeth Taylor in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in 1958.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Katharine Hepburn, left, Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor in "Suddenly, Last Summer" in 1959.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Elizabeth Taylor and singer Eddie Fisher dine at Chasen's in Beverly Hills in 1959. The couple divorced in 1964.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Archive

Elizabeth Taylor watches her fiancé, Eddie Fisher, as he performs at the Tropicana in Las Vegas in 1959.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Bryson / Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Honeymooning Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher stroll through Portofino on the Italian Riviera, May 20, 1959.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Enrico Menoncia / Associated Press

Actress Elizabeth Taylor in a scene from the 1959 film, "Suddenly Last Summer."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERS

Elizabeth Taylor playfully chases Roddy McDowall on the beach in Malibu. From the book "Liz: The Pictorial Biography of Elizabeth Taylor."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Everett Collection

Laurence Harvey and Elizabeth Taylor in a scene from 1960's "Butterfield 8." Taylor won her first best actress Academy Award for her role in the film.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor hold their Oscars after being named best actor and best actress at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1961; he for "Elmer Gantry" and she for "Butterfield 8."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Elizabeth Taylor with two of her children in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 1962.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: European Pressphoto Agency

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a scene from "Cleopatra" in 1963.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Twentieth Century-Fox

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor arrive at a London airport in 1963 after attending the premiere of "Lawrence of Arabia" in Paris. Both stars were playing leading roles in "The VIPs" in production at the time in England.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Elizabeth Taylor on the set of the motion picture "The Sandpiper" in San Dimas in 1964.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Archive

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in 1966.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Warner Bros.

Elizabeth Taylor and husband Richard Burton star as Kate and Petruchio in Franco Zeffirelli's "Taming of the Shrew" in 1967.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Actresses Liza Minelli and Elizabeth Taylor, photographed in Beverly Hills in 1985.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lennox Mclendon / Associated Press

Elizabeth Taylor makes her first guest appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1992.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NBC

Elizabeth Taylor photographed in May 1996.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susan Ragan / Associated Press

Elizabeth Taylor arrives with Michael Jackson at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles for her 65th birthday celebration on Feb. 16, 1997.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Elizabeth Taylor poses for photographers at London's Dorchester Hotel in 1999.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Thompson / Associated Press

In her last major acting appearance, Elizabeth Taylor plays the manager of three aging movie stars – Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins – in ABC's 2000 television special, "These Old Broads."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ron Tom / ABC

President Clinton presents screen legend Elizabeth Taylor with the Presidential Citizens Medal during a ceremony at the White House on Jan. 8, 2001. Taylor was one of 28 honorees recognized for remarkable service and accomplishments in various realms.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEVE JAFFE / Agence France-Presse

Elizabeth Taylor arrives at a benefit event in Mougins, near Cannes, France, on May 23, 2002.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI / Agence France-Presse

Elizabeth Taylor on the set of CNN's "Larry King Live" in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2003.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRIS PIZZELLO / CNN/European Pressphoto Agency

Dame Elizabeth Taylor at the British Film and Television Academy awards in Beverly Hills in November 2005, where she received the Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in International Entertainment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARK J. TERRILL / Associated Press

Actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor attends a benefit event in Santa Monica on Sept. 24, 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Flowers adorn Elizabeth Taylor's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, died on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, with her four children at her side. She was 79.

Tributes flowed from singer Elton John, who extolled her as “a Hollywood giant,” to former President Clinton, who honored her at the White House in 2001 and called her “thoroughly American royalty.”

During a career that spanned six decades, the legendary beauty with lavender eyes won two Oscars and made more than 50 films, performing alongside such fabled leading men as Spencer Tracy, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando and Richard Burton, whom she married twice. She took her cues from a Who’s Who of directors, including George Cukor, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, George Stevens, Vincente Minnelli and Mike Nichols.

Long after she faded from the screen, she remained a mesmerizing figure, blessed and cursed by the extraordinary celebrity that molded her life through its many phases: She was a child star who bloomed gracefully into an ingenue; a femme fatale on the screen and in life; a canny peddler of high-priced perfume; a pioneering activist in the fight against AIDS.

Some actresses, such as Katharine Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman, won more awards and critical plaudits, but none matched Taylor’s hold on the collective imagination. In the public’s mind, she was the dark goddess for whom playing Cleopatra as she did with such notoriety, required no great leap from reality.

Taylor, New York Times critic Vincent Canby once wrote, “has grown up in the full view of a voracious public for whom the triumphs and disasters of her personal life have automatically become extensions of her screen performances. She’s different from the rest of us.”

We honor her life and her work in a photographic journey spanning more than half a century.

5 Comments

  1. March 24, 2011, 8:23 am

    She lived her life seemingly without fear. I can only hope to be so lucky to say that when it comes my time.

    By: Jaime
  2. March 24, 2011, 4:08 pm

    it's sad growing old

    By: DeD
  3. March 24, 2011, 4:09 pm

    ELIZABETH,
    YOUR PRESENCE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED, BUT IN SPIRIT YOU SHELL BE WITH US FOREVER.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY, TALENT, GREAT BEAUTY, AND FORAN ERA THAT WAS
    VERY SPECIAL AND TO WHICH YOU WERE A GREAT CONTRIBUTER. YOUR PRESENCE ON THE SCREEN AS WELL AS OFF., HELPED US TO DREAM OF GREAT POSSIBILITIES.
    THANK YOU, FOR BEING YOU, AND NOW WISHING YOU A GREAT JOURNEY, MAY YOUR SPIRIT SOAR. PRINCE

    By: myprince@mac.com
  4. April 13, 2011, 8:12 am

    No one of this era will ever forget the great actress who was Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor. Although her physical beauty would forever overshadow her acting talent, I am happy that we live in an age when her talents/beauty will be forever preserved for posterity. Rest in peace Elizabeth.

    By: goodobroad@yahoo.com
  5. December 2, 2013, 11:35 pm

    Elizabeth Taylor was the greatest of the greats! Such class, talent, beauty and sex all wrapped up in one fabulous package. People like Liz Taylor only come around once in a lifetime. I met her once in Atlanta when she was promoting her perfume.

    By: biffryan01@gmail.com

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