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Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« on: March 23, 2011, 03:46:56 PM »
Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies

March 23, 2011

Dame Elizabeth's many films included National Velvet, Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, one of the 20th Century's biggest movie stars, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 79.

The double Oscar-winning actress had a long history of ill health and was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.

Her four children were with her when she died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, her publicist said.

In a statement, her son Michael Wilding called her "an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest".

"We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it," he continued.

"Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts."

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    We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it”

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Dame Elizabeth's most famous films included National Velvet, Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

She was equally well-known for her glamour and film partnership with Richard Burton, one of seven husbands.

In her prime, she was arguably one of the world's greatest actresses and most beautiful women.

Her colourful private life, screen success and Aids charity work ensured she was never far from the spotlight since finding fame at the age of 12.

The peak of her film career came in the 1950s and 1960s, with four Oscar nominations in a row from 1958 to 1961.

She lost out in her first three attempts - for Raintree County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly, Last Summer - but triumphed at her fourth attempt with Butterfield 8.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor in 1967 She won two Academy Awards over the course of her career

Her second Oscar came in 1967 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, one of 12 films with Burton.

She met the actor while filming 1963's Cleopatra - which became notorious as one of the most expensive films of all time, but which also sparked one of Hollywood's greatest romances.

Taylor had already been married four times - to Conrad Hilton Jr, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd and Eddie Fisher - before she wed Burton in 1964.

Their tempestuous relationship saw them divorce and remarry in 1975 before she moved on to further marriages with John W Warner and Larry Fortensky.

Her health problems began with a fall while filming her first hit film, National Velvet, which led to a lifetime of back problems.

A rare strain of pneumonia almost killed her in 1961 and she also battled addictions to alcohol and painkillers.

In the 1990s, she endured two hip replacement operations and another near-fatal bout of pneumonia and survived surgery for a benign brain tumour in 1997.

In 2004, it was revealed that she was suffering from congestive heart failure, with symptoms including fatigue and shortness of breath, and scoliosis, which twisted her spine.

But she continued to campaign for her Aids charity, which she set up in 1991 after the death of her friend and co-star Rock Hudson.

In addition to her four children - Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Maria Burton-Carson and Liza Todd-Tivey - Dame Elizabeth is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A private family funeral will be held later this week. Instead of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12833100


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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011, 03:57:33 PM »

Thank you for showing what a true friend is.  :sad1:

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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2011, 04:34:13 PM »
Our Earth Angel and his Guardian Angel are reunited, rest in peace Elizabeth.  :boohoo:

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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2011, 04:59:30 PM »
 :boohoo: Those are beautiful images Ben, she really was a loyal friend to Michael, even coming to his defence recently about Klein. What a Lady!

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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2011, 05:02:50 PM »
Yes, I know. One of the few real friends he had.


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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2011, 07:16:31 PM »
 :boohoo: :boohoo:

The tears are flowing, I cant believe this. Dear sweet Elizabeth, now you are free from pain and with Michael...

Michael Jackson Elizabeth, I Love You Lyrics:
Welcome to Hollywood

That's what they told you

A child star in Hollywood

That's what they sold you

Grace with beauty, charme and talent

You would do what you were told

But they robbed you of childhood

Took your youth and sold it for gold


Elizabeth, I love you

You're every star that

shines in the world to me

Elizabeth can't you see that it's true

Elizabeth, I love you

You're more than just a star to me


Lovely Elizabeth

You have surpassed them all

My friend Elizabeth

Learned to outlast them all

Many started back when you did

Lost their way and now they're gone

But look at you, a true survivor

Full of life and carrying on


Elizabeth, I love you

You're every star that

shines in the world to me

Elizabeth can't you see that it's true

Elizabeth, I love you

You're more than just a star


This is your life

You seem to have it all

You reached your peak

They wanted you to fall

It's very sad, this world can be so bad

But though all the heartaches

When they put you down

You know you were the victor

And you earned the crown

It's like walking through the fire

Determinded to win

You were beating life's battles

Again and again


Elizabeth, I love you

You're every star that

shines in the world to me

Elizabeth can't you see that it's true


Remember the time when I was alone

You stood by my side and said:

"Let's be strong"

You did all these tings

That only a true friend can do


Elizabeth, I love you

The world knows your work now

I pray one day I'll be just like... you.

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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2011, 08:51:25 PM »
MEMORIES OF ELIZABETH

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/albert-hall-galaxy-of-stars-for-frail-empress-elizabeth-taylor-718928.html

Albert Hall galaxy of stars for frail 'Empress' Elizabeth Taylor
By Jane Robins
Saturday, 27 May 2000

Stars lined up last night to pay tribute to Dame Elizabeth Taylor at a special gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Stars lined up last night to pay tribute to Dame Elizabeth Taylor at a special gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Among the celebrities appearing at "Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration" were Tony Bennett and Charles Aznavour. Mr Bennett described Dame Elizabeth as "the empress of the entertainment world". Also appearing were Blondie's Debbie Harry, opera star Andrea Bocelli, Jamiroquai, ex-EastEnder actress Martine McCutcheon, and former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow, making a stage comeback after spending time in a rehab clinic.

The showbiz extravaganza comes just two days after a frail Dame Elizabeth was awarded the British Film Institute Fellowship at a glittering diamond dinner in the Dorchester Hotel, London. That, too, was crammed with stars including George Michael and Geri Halliwell, along with Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Dame Joan Plowright. The charity dinner also attracted the rich but not necessarily famous, who were prepared to pay £15,000 a table to attend. Unfortunately, Princess Margaret, billed as the guest of honour, was indisposed, and did not arrive.

Elizabeth Taylor, now 68 and a Hollywood legend, has made a whirlwind series of appearances since arriving at Buckingham Palace in a wheelchair to be invested as a Dame last week. Within 24 hours of her meeting with the Queen, Dame Elizabeth was in Cannes, making a speech at a star-studded Cinema Against Aids charity fashion show.

Two nights ago she arrived at the Dorchester for the BFI celebration, dripping in diamonds, including the famous Krupp stone she was bought by former husband Richard Burton and a bracelet given to her by Michael Jackson.

On both occasions, the double Oscar-winner, who has been plagued by ill health, retired early to bed, saying she felt unwell.

Last night's show, like the BFI dinner, will benefit the Red Hot Aids Charitable Trust and the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation

Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290184/

Michael Jackson & Elizabeth Taylor A Musical Celebration 2000


Ute Lemper - Mack The Knife (Elizabeth Taylor)


Reba McEntire sings "Secret Love" for Elizabeth Taylor










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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2011, 10:18:08 PM »
Some are saying it's silly to say Michael and Liz are together again, but I strongly feel and believe those two friends have been reunited again.

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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2011, 10:43:06 PM »
Some are saying it's silly to say Michael and Liz are together again, but I strongly feel and believe those two friends have been reunited again.

Everyone has different opinions and views about what happens when we die. The reality is we really dont know, so who is to say what is right and what is wrong. If believing that there is a heaven or similar place that we go to when we die, helps you deal with losing someone, than no one has the right to tell you this is wrong.


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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2011, 10:48:20 PM »
 :boohoo: :boohoo: Rest In Peace Elizabeth .....

I believe too that Michael and Liz are together now, and both free from pain and everything bad...

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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2011, 10:49:35 PM »
I was so sad to hear this on the radio on the way into work this morning.  I guess deep down, with her frequent illnesses and with her struggling to get over the loss of Michael, I was expecting that it wouldn't be long before she parted this world, but still, the news came as a shock.
I do believe that Michael and Elizabeth are now reunited in heaven and that, and the fact that Elizabeth is now free from pain, gives me some peace.  
Rest in peace beautiful Elizabeth.  Take care of our Michael for us.
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Re: Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2011, 11:46:11 PM »
I'm just sad. There's been a lump in my throat since my boss broke the news today. I didn't see this coming and didn't realise I'd be so affected by it either. She was one of those people you almost felt would live forever. She was such a survivor, she pulled through everything, I honestly thought this time would be no different. Obviously there's only so much the body can take, so I'm glad she's out of her pain. Aside from everything that's already been said about her, the picture I'll always keep in mind is of her playing with dolphins in a pool only a few years ago, and the marvel in her eyes. She was over 70, yet her eyes were so full of wonder and childlike innocence, which was truly striking. She was definitely someone special, and I'm glad Michael had her as a friend all those years. They were soul mates in a way, they could relate to one another's feelings and not once did she turn her back on him. I hope somehow they'll find each other again, at least that would be a comforting thought. This is a huge loss.


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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2011, 11:52:42 PM »
 :welcome: Birch

yes I know, I think we are all surprised that this has effected us so much. I have yahoo as my homepage and it was the first thing I saw when I turned on my laptop when I came home and I just burst into tears...

In the last few years she was in alot of pain and now she dosnt have that any more. Also I think losing Michael affected her alot, during the first week I was really worried about her, I was afraid that the shock would be too much for her.