The beautiful glamorous Queen of Americans movie stardom, died on Wednesday 23,2011 in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was at age 79. Her career spanned six decades. She won two Oscars and made more than 50 films. She performed along side of many leading men such as Spencer Tracey,Montgomery Clift and Marlon Bradon . Also Richard Burton who she married twice. Long after she faded off scene she remained a mesmerizing figure, blessed and cursed by the celebrities that molded her life. She was a child star like most who bloomed gracefully into an ingenue. Femme fatale on the screen and in life. She was peddler of high priced perfumes.She became an Activist in the fight against Aids. All her passion were legend. She loved to eat which led to battles of losing weight over the years. She love dating rich and the most famous men like Frank Sinatra, Henry Kissinger and Malcolm Forbes. She was married eight times including two visit at the altar with Burton. She attracted misfortune due to 70 illnesses, injuries and accidents requiring hospitalization, and an appendectomy. Followed by an emergency tracheotomy , a punctured esophagus, a hysterectomy, dysentery and ulcerated eye. Not to mention but also she had smashed spinal discs, phlebitis, skin cancer and hip replacements. In the year of 1997 she had a begin brain tumor removed. she nearly died four times. In 2004 she disclosed she had congestive hear failure and crippling spinal problems that left her in constant pain. She struggle for the most part of her life with alcohol and prescription pain killers. Can you believe all these thing that could happen to one individual?
The break out role for Elizabeth came when she was noticed by talent scout at age 7 and soon had her own contract. By age 10 in 1942 her film debut came in a comedy. Soon she was earning more than her parent. Many Critics didn't take notice of her until she was a cast in National Velvet as Velvet Brown. About a girl who dreamed of riding in steeplechase in England. Many people thought she was a gifted actress. After the success of National Velvet it was hard to call her life her own. She was under contract for 18 years. She said, later they made her the MGM chattel.The studio pick her roles,controlled public appearances, picked dates and times. They even managed her first wedding. In 1951 she played in "A Place in the Sun" directed by Steven. There she won a first critic praise as an Adult actress. Later in 1956 she played another demanding role directed by Steven called "Giant". Basically an epic about two generations of Texans. Critics hailed her artistry "Astonishing revelations gifts". Next three films would bring her the Oscars nominations. "Raintree Country" a release in 1957 directed by Edward Dmytrk, playing passionate Southern belle. Second nomination was the role of Maggie in Tennessee Williams "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".She played as a wife to Paul Newsman, the acholic, latently homosexual son of a Mississippi plantation owner. Third nomination was "Suddenly Last Summer", another Williams stories. She then won in 1961 her first Oscar for the portrayal of a call girl in tortured affair with a married man in "Butterfield 8". She hated the part and script but played it only because of MGM contract obligations. Her next role was "Cleopatra" for the Twentieth Century Fox. She set her price at one million but eventually earned seven million after the fee were paid. With the record breaking of 62 million the film ushered in new era of excess in Hollywood. It nearly bankrupt fox which it was forced to sell back its lot bordering Beverly Hills to a developer. After a period of time while during the launch Elizabeth contracted pneumonia. She reported to be near death for days. After she recovered she returns to the set of "Cleopatra". Headlines find out about her affair with Burton making the movie release and reviews brutal. Then she played a cast in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in which she wore a gray wig and extra padding. She cast as Martha , the frumpy , foul- mouthed educate wife of a college professor. Terrified by the role she won five Oscars on the film. Including second for best actress. In 1987 Elizabeth Taylor introduce to the world a launch of a perfume. It became her passion a purple heart shaped flask for $165 an ounce. It became the fourth best bestselling fragrance in American. Grossing over 70 millions dollars a year. In the 90's she introduced another frangrace called "White Diamonds". By 1994 she play a big role in the "Flintstones" as Fred Flintstones mother-in-law in a Universal cartoon series. Her Aids work got her the Legion of Honor Award in 1987. Also Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993. Queen Elizabeth II made her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. An honor on the level of knighthood. Elizabeth Taylor took a picture with the late Legendary Micheal Jackson backstage at the Music Awards in 1993. Jackson recieved the International Artist Award. Touted as the longest lasting celebrity friendships Taylor and Jackson reportedly started talking after she walked out of one of his concerts in the 1980's. They bonded over their pasts as troubled young stars and stayed close until his death in 2009.