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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.

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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."

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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?".

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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 -- elizabethtayloraidsfoundation.org.  

People wanting to send personal messages can log onto http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethTaylorTribute.

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76.

pandora    

Wow, Im sitting here crying as if I lost a personal friend. I dont over react to celebrities, but I was such a huge fan this one hits home. As for the post, (14) you're an idiot, show some respect.

R.I.P
Thank you for all of the wonderful movies, they dont makes movie stars like you anymore!

1279 days ago
77.

Sarafina    

Even though she had been in the hospital for many weeks, this comes as a shock. It seemed like she would pull through another time. "Suddenly Last Summer", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", and "Giant" were my favorite films of hers. Now she can be with her friends again--Roddy McDowall, Montgomery Cliff, Rock Hudson and more. Rest in peace, Dame Elizabeth...

1279 days ago
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Phantom of the Opera    

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She was a much loved and adored lady.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALbOIc-9XA8
Posted at 7:06 AM on Mar 23, 2011 by fordtocarr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALbOIc-9XA8;

1279 days ago
79.

Trish    

I'm glad she lived an amazing long life. She was able to watch her children, grand and great grand children thrive through the years. Everyday is a gift.

1279 days ago
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WiddoMouse    

I didn't see, or remember a lot of her films, but I loved her in Giant. She was the epitome of the young bride who comes to live in her husband's world, only to find herself loving his world and being loved by the people in his world. We should all be so lucky when we join our husbands' worlds. Rest with the angels, Elizabeth.

1279 days ago
81.

Beverley    

I´ve just heard the very sad news.R.I.P.Dear Liz. Michael Jackson was along time friend of hers.He will be very upset

1279 days ago
82.

FlowerPower    

R.I.P Elizabeth, truely remarkable woman and faboulous actress!

1279 days ago
83.

spacey    

Thanks for the true glamour, entertainment and talent. There will NEVER be another Liz. You were a lady ahead of her time. I will mourn your passing and cherish your work you have left behind for us and many generations to come.

1279 days ago
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Phantom of the Opera    

Elizabeth Taylor on What's My Line?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gR-vU44gd4;

1279 days ago
85.

BSweet    

LOVE YOU, LIZ! Elizabeth Taylor, one of the true Hollywood Legends, I loved her.

xoxo

1279 days ago
86.

So What    

Wow!! what a great lady, super actress and very glad to see alot of her movies. RIP

1279 days ago
87.

peoplearesilly    

Who gives a flying "F" what Arnie Klein thinks?

His name shouldn't even be associated with a legend like Elizabeth Taylor.

Get real.

1279 days ago
88.

jeff    

I thought Farrah was buried at the Downtown cathedral, might want to double check.

1279 days ago
89.

Josh    

Rest in peace Elizabeth. You are with your best friend again. May you and Michael have as much fun as you did in your lives.

1279 days ago
90.

Chaps    

Prayers to Elizabeth Taylor!

We loved you!

1279 days ago
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