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Elizabeth Taylor

Dead at 79

3/23/2011 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Elizabeth Taylor died this morning at the age of 79.

Elizabeth Taylor died at 1:28 AM at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles ... where she had been hospitalized for the past couple of weeks.  A private funeral will be held later this week.

Taylor's publicist says she was "surrounded by her children -- Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton."

Taylor's rep says the actress died "peacefully" from congestive heart failure, "a condition with which she had struggled with for many years." The rep adds, "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."

Elizabeth Taylor Dies
Someone at the hospital Tuesday night tells TMZ ... doctors knew at around 6 PM that Taylor was dying.

Taylor was considered one of the greatest actresses of all-time -- starring in classics like "Cleopatra" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." She won an Academy Award for best actress twice for her roles in "BUtterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".

Elizabeth Taylor Dead
Taylor, who was married 8 times -- twice to Richard Burton -- is survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Taylor's son, Michael, says, "My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love."  Michael goes on to tout his mom's "brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS ... We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it."

Elizabeth Taylor Dead

Elton John says, "We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being."

Dr. Arnold Klein, Taylor's longtime friend and doctor, tells TMZ, "She's the greatest human being I've ever known.  She used her celebrity not just for fame but to change the world.  Elizabeth gave AIDS a face and that's when people started accepting it as a disease."

We've learned Taylor has a plot next to her parents at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in L.A.  Among those who are buried or interred there -- Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Truman Capote, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin and Walter Matthau.

The family asks in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation --  

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I realize that Liz was friends with MJ, but please leave him out of this. "Couldn't go on after Michael died"??? Pleeeeaaase.

1317 days ago


Now to the letter that was from Richard that she has always kept by her no matter where she was.. we did learn some of what it said, but should we ever know the rest?

Or just leave it to the romantics in us to imagine what was in that last letter.

I say we leave it at that.

1317 days ago


Wow, sad news - not many legends left.

1317 days ago


IMHO the most beautiful woman that ever lived has left us. RIP Liz.

1317 days ago


Considering how much she abused her body, I'm surprised she lived this long. Taylor was a lifelong heavy smoker, drinker, and pill-popper. She also thought nothing of wrecking marriages, stealing other people's husband's, and using physical violence to deal with her anger.

That being said, she was one of the last grand dames of Old Hollywood; when stars had a mystique about them, and actually could ACT.

No bio of her life would be complete with mentioning her unwavering support of Michael Jackson during his highly publicized trial for child molestation. Similarly, she went on Larry King Live and vociferously defended Jackson after he dangled his baby from the third floor balcony of a hotel in Germany. Seems Liz had a bit of a blind spot where Michael was concerned.

RIP...Heaven has more diamonds today...

1317 days ago


Xdrinker-- Carrie is that you? ;-)

1317 days ago


So shocked! R.I.P. Dame will be missed. Your beauty, talent and a great humanitarian. Her legacy will live on forever...especially being the great loyal fan to Michael Jackson!

1317 days ago


I was sadden to hear of Ms. Taylor Death, May she rest in Peace She will me missed RIP Ms. Taylor

1317 days ago


a silver screen legend or another era

sad for her family

without her involvement very early on, anything connected to AIDS would not have been a high profile charity

she took a stand and helped pioneer it when it wasn't well understood or necessarily a popular thing to do

that left more to the planet than her movies ever did....and I think that is how she wanted it

1317 days ago


Rest in Peace Elizabeth, your journey has came to its end.

1317 days ago


A True Legend.
Fly Violet Eyes... You Got Your Wings.

1317 days ago


This was the most respectful obit TMZ has ever posted. I guess even they knew not to be snarky or disrespectful of someone of the caliber like Elizabeth Taylor. Yes, all the legends are leaving us that's for sad. She had a long life, though, and for that we should be grateful as I am sure her family is and also the charities she tirelessly worked for. We have some talented actresses out there in our time currently, but no one with the total package like Taylor: indelible beauty, talent, and goodwill...RIP Ms Taylor.

1317 days ago


6 points.

1317 days ago


She was a beautiful woman. RIP...

1317 days ago


"Elizabeth Taylor died this morning in Los Angeles at age 79. Famed actress, lover, hypochondriac, and AIDS activist, Taylor was the biggest star of the modern Hollywood era. Her multiple marriages and soap opera personal life overshadowed her great acting career from age 50 on, but she managed to overcome even the tabloids by becoming the torch bearer for AIDS research as friends like Rock Hudson and Roddy McDowall suc***bed to the disease. Expect to see her oldest and best friends, George Hamilton, Jose Eber, and Mickey Rooney, giving statements today and appearing on television. They knew her best, and loved her most. Her other best pal, Michael Jackson, sadly preceded her in death. And what people don’t know is that two years ago, on Easter, Jackson and his kids were with Taylor even as he was rehearsing for his London shows. Their friendship endured just about everything. More to come…"

1317 days ago
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