Elizabeth Taylor, Dead at 79

One of the last great movie stars passed away Wednesday morning...

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

A star fell this morning: Elizabeth Taylor, one of the greatest Hollywood stars who ever lived, died on Wednesday, March 23rd 2011 from complications stemming from congestive heart failure. She was 79 years old. Words fail us. Taylor was famous for many things, of which her eight marriages to seven different men (twice to her frequent co-star Richard Burton) and her passion for jewelry were among the most trivial. Elizabeth Taylor was a movie star back when the title meant something, appearing in more films that we’d care to count, including more classics than the average videostore ‘classic film’ section could carry.

National Velvet, Little Women, Father of the Bride, A Place in the Sun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, BUtterfield 8, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are but a small sampling of Taylor’s work (she won two Oscars for Best Actress, for BUtterfield 8 and Virginia Woolf, and racked up three more nominations and a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while she was at it). We’ll always love her best for her sweeter roles in such films as Life With Father and the original Father of the Bride series. Younger viewers may also remember Taylor from her later work in family-oriented fare such as The Flintstones movie and an appearance she made on Captain Planet.

To prepare a proper obituary one would need to write a book. Fortunately there have already been many: we recommend the recent release Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, RIchard Burton and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger to all those interested.

Crave Online sends our best wishes and condolences to Taylor’s friends and family. She will be missed.