Hollywood lost an icon today.
Elizabeth Taylor passed away at age 79 from congestive heart failure. I remember her in BUTTERFIELD 8 and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, which happen to be the two films for which she received Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role. (She was nominated for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER; and RAINTREE COUNTY.)
These two performances showcase her true versatility. In BUTTERFIELD 8, she plays a flawed, vulnerable call-girl who meets a tragic end and in VIRGINIA WOOLF, she gives a tour-de-force as the violent half of a seemingly doomed marriage.
As the Associated Press reported:
Her defining role, one that lasted long past her moviemaking days, was “Elizabeth Taylor,” ever marrying and divorcing, in and out of hospitals, gaining and losing weight, standing by Michael Jackson, Rock Hudson and other troubled friends, acquiring a jewelry collection that seemed to rival Tiffany’s.
She was also known for her humanitarian work. In 1993, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy. Click here to read AP’s full obituary on Elizabeth Taylor.
There may never be another woman in Hollywood like Elizabeth Taylor. We all lost a legend today.
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