Elizabeth Taylor dead at 79



23 March 2011

One of the world's last great living movie icons, Elizabeth Taylor, died on Wednesday (March 23) at the age of 79. Taylor had spent two months in  hospital for congestive heart failure. One of the brightest stars in the history of the American film industry, Taylor starred in a string of hit movies in the 1950s and 60s, including "Butterfield 8",  "Giant," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "Cleopatra," and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Taylor was an international sex symbol and object of tabloid fascination for her string of love affairs with leading men, including her torrid love affair with actor Richard Burton.

In addition to being a fashion icon, perfume mogul and movie legend Taylor also was also an advocates for the fight to cure the HIV AIDS virus. She raised millions for research and treatment of the disease in the wake of the 1985 death of her good friend the actor Rock Hudson, who died from the illness.

According to reports, Taylor died in the early morning on Wednesday surrounded by her four children — Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton — at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

"My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest with great passion, humor and love," said Michael Wilding in a statement read on "Good Morning America." "Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contributions to our world."

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, people make a donation to the Elizabeth Taylor Aid Foundation.

RIP, we love you Liz.