Hollywood’s Queen Elizabeth Taylor passed away at 79

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Hollywood's Queen Liz Taylor passed away at 79

Hollywood’s Queen Elizabeth Taylor passed away at 79

Elizabeth Taylor died In the United States. She was 79 years old.In mid-February 2011 Taylor was hospitalized due to heart failure. The actress was in the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, she “peacefully died there,” according to her publicist. “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.”

Taylor made her movie debut at the age of ten in There’s One Born Every Minute. Her role in 1944’s National Velvet made her a star. Later, she was the movie world’s most famous Cleopatra.

The winner of two Oscars, Taylor was also famous for “her seven husbands and frequent health issues,” and for her work raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.

She married Conrad Hilton Jr., son of the hotel magnate, in May 1950 at age 18. The marriage ended in divorce that December.

When she married British actor Michael Wilding in February 1952, he was 39 to her 19. They had two sons,Michael Jr. and Christopher Edward. That marriage lasted 4 years.

She married cigar-chomping movie producer Michael Todd, also 20 years her senior in 1957. The couple had a daughter, Elizabeth Francis. Todd was killed in a plane crash in 1958.

The best man at the Taylor-Todd wedding was Eddie Fisher. In a scandalous affair, Fisher left his wife, America’s sweetheart Debbie Reynolds, to marry Taylor in 1959. She converted to Judaism before the wedding.

Taylor and Fisher then moved to London, where she was making Cleopatra. During the filming of Cleopatra, she met her co-star Burton, who also was married at the time. Both divorced their respective spouses; during their torrid time together, they married, divorced, and re-married. They adopted a daughter, Maria.

After her second marriage to Burton ended, she married John Warner, a former secretary of the Navy, in December 1976. Warner was elected a U.S. Senator from Virginia in 1978. They divorced in 1982.

In October 1991, she married Larry Fortensky, a truck driver and construction worker she met while both were undergoing treatment at the Betty Ford Center in 1988. He was 20 years her junior. The wedding, held at the ranch of Taylor’s close friend Michael Jackson, was a media circus that included the din of helicopter blades, a journalist who parachuted to a spot near the couple and a gossip columnist as official scribe.

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