Thursday, March 24, 2011 | Around Town, Campaigns
Elizabeth Taylor, the sultry screen goddess who personified the glamour of 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, passed away yesterday at age 79. A giant of film, fashion and beauty, Taylor captivated audiences worldwide with such iconic performances as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (for which she won an Academy Award) and the eponymous star of Cleopatra.
However, Taylor’s fame isn’t limited to the silver screen. A passionate humanitarian, she helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research following the death of her close friend and former costar, Rock Hudson. And her own Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has raised millions to help combat the disease worldwide. In 1992, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award—the last of her three Academy Awards—for her outspoken philanthropy.
In 2004, Taylor announced that she had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The disease, along with its multiple treatments, took a toll on the aging star, and she was finally admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when new symptoms emerged in February 2011.
“We have just lost a Hollywood giant,” said longtime friend, Elton John. “More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.”
The star of over 50 films, Elizabeth Taylor will forever be synonymous with natural grace, beauty and compassion. She will be greatly missed.