Today we lost one of the greatest movie sirens of all time. Elizabeth Taylor died this morning peacefully at Cedars Sinai Hospital after being admitted a few weeks prior for heart pain at the age of 79.
One of the last remaining stars from the golden era of Hollywood film, Taylor’s career spanned decades. Starting as a child star in such films as Lassie Come Home, she gained her first leading role in National Velvet.
She would go on to become one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood starring in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Place in the Sun, Giant, and many more. She also took home two Oscars for her performances in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Butterfield 8.
Her acting career aside, Taylor was a rare beauty, both inner and outer, her exquisite dark features made her a stand out star. Born with those same dark features, I have looked to her as one of the most prestigious role models a young woman could dare to have, one whose grace and confidence shall remain ingrained in my personality. But as mentioned her inner beauty is perhaps what will carry her legacy on for years to come. She worked tirelessly as an AIDS activist after the passing of her good friend Rock Hudson to the disease. In a time when speaking out on AIDS was looked down upon Taylor was one of the founding members of The American Foundation for AIDS Research or AMFAR.
It is through that organization, and her films that she will live on in the American consciousness. She was a woman whose love of everyone, no matter their position in life, gained her a treasured family, and an adoring public.
- Thank you from a grateful young fan,
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