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Elizabeth Taylor Dead at 79

Legendary film star Liz Taylor, one of the few remaining giants of Hollywood’s Golden Age, has died in Los Angeles at 79. Nominated for many Academy Awards, she won Best Actress for Butterfield 8 in 1961 and for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. In addition to her silver-screen success, Taylor was well-known for her flashy style and her many marriages—eight, to seven different men, including Richard Burton (twice), Eddie Fisher, and former Sen. John Warner. An early supporter of AIDS charities, she started an organization that bore her own name that focuses primarily on victims in America. Born in London to American parents, she moved with her family to the U.S. in 1939 to escape World War II. Taylor had been ill with congestive heart failure for several years and was hospitalized in February.

March 23, 2011 5:20 AM