Oscar winning actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away today at Los Angeles, California’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital at the age of 79.
Taylor had been hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure. 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. Specific cause of death has no been released
Taylor became an icon for being one of the most popular actresses of Hollywood’s golden age. Born in London in 1932 to American parents who returned to the U.S. with WWII looming, Taylor bounded into the spotlight at age 12 after starring in the 1944 box office sensation ‘National Velvet’. She won acclaim as an adult with 1951’s ‘A Place In The Sun’ and went on to score best actress Oscar nominations for ‘Raintree County’, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, and ‘Suddenly, Last Summer’.
In 1963, she memorably starred in ‘Cleopatra’ and she later won Oscars for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and ‘Butterfield 8.’