In Memoriam: Elizabeth Taylor, 79

elizabeth_taylor_still.jpgElizabeth Taylor passed away this morning in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from congestive heart failure. She was 79.

The winner of two Academy Awards (plus a special Award for her humanitarian efforts), Taylor was much more than a Silver Screen star — she was glamour personified; a talented actress; and – perhaps her largest role ever – she was an early AIDS research advocate.

When you watch her early films like “National Velvet” and “Little Women,” you can tell she was destined to become a star. (One of my all-time favorites is “The Taming of the Shrew.”)

Can you even imagine a world without Elizabeth Taylor? She entertained us – made us laugh, cry, get angry, even stare slack-jawed; she taught us about tolerance and acceptance. She made the world a better place.

What do you think of when you think of Elizabeth Taylor? Do you think of her marriages? Her movie roles? Her humanitarian efforts? Her chumming around with Michael Jackson?

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The lot of three beautiful vintage photos of Elizabeth Taylor shown here were sold by Profiles in History Dec. 12, 2008. They brought a mere $125 against a presale estimate of $200 to $300. Photo courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com.

Check out this hilarious clip of Elizabeth Taylor on “What’s My Line” in 1954. ENJOY! (I did.)

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