One of the most celebrated actresses of all time, the impossibly beautiful Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011), died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles from complications with congestive heart failure; she was 79.
Elizabeth Taylor was one of the last remaining stars from the truly golden age of Hollywood. The legendary beauty, actress, and activist earned two Academy Awards (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Butterfield 8) in her career and left her mark on the entertainment industry. Many feel that she’s the actress who forced doors to open in Hollywood. Her talent proved that an actress can be both beautiful and talented, sexy and strong, romantic and mysterious.
Apparently the actress had been hospitalized for the past few weeks and even celebrated her birthday on February 27th at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with friends and family. Her four children, two sons and two daughters, were by her side when she died.
Like so many of us, I can actually remember the first time I laid eyes on the strikingly beautiful brunette. My dad was watching Cleopatra on television and, as I was walking through the living room, my eyes caught site of her in all of her Cleopatra regalia. I just thought, Whoa. She simply had an aura about her when she was on the screen – the kind that just dared you to look away.
While her millions of fans and her loving family will miss her, Elizabeth Taylor will never truly leave us. She’ll live on in her legendary roles, her beautiful perfumes, her gorgeous pictures, and – most importantly – in her tireless, passionate work she did for AIDS patients. Now, as then, she dares anyone to look away. AND now, as then, it’s absolutely impossible.
Rest in peace.