RIP ELIZABETH TAYLOR:(

Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress famed for her beauty, her jet-set lifestyle, her charitable endeavors and her many marriages, has passed away at the age of 79.

Taylor died “peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles,” said a statement from her publicist.

She was hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, “a condition with which she had struggled for many years. 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. Sadly, this was not to be.”

Though a two-time Oscar winner — for “Butterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966) — Taylor was more celebrated for simply being Elizabeth Taylor: sexy, glamorous, tempestuous, fragile, always trailing courtiers, media and fans. She wasn’t above playing to that image — she had a fragrance called “White Diamonds” — or mocking it.

“I am a very committed wife,” she once said. “And I should be committed too — for being married so many times.”

How can you not love such a woman?

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1997: Elizabeth Taylor remembered//

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2001: Liz Taylor talks diamonds//

// She was hailed, in her prime, as the world’s most beautiful and desirable woman.

Her affair with actor Richard Burton, which began on the set of the film “Cleopatra,” fueled a paparazzi rush unrivaled in its time.

The two later married — twice — providing gossip columns and movie magazines with a wealth of material.

Taylor was a champion for a number of charitable causes, notably the fight against AIDS. She founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation after the death of her friend Rock Hudson, and plowed both her time and money into its work, especially as her acting career waned in the 1980s. The BBC once noted that her charity work had grossed as much as her film career.

But through all of it — the gossip, the ailments, the loves and losses — she remained indomitable. She even joined Twitter to send regular updates on her life.

Why not? She was born to the spotlight, and no amount of tittle-tattle was going to take it away.

“Some audience out there, and don’t ask me who they are, but there are millions, like scandal. They like filth,” she told CNN’s Larry King in 2006. “And if they want to hear that I’m dead, sorry, folks, I’m not. And I don’t plan on it.”

Ironic isn’t it…..

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