LOS ANGELES (AP) -- March 23, 2011 11:39am --
Elizabeth Taylor, one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars, has died.
Her publicist says Taylor was surrounded by her four children
on March 23 when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had been hospitalized for about six weeks.
Taylor was 79.
Her son, Michael Wilding, says his mother was "an extraordinary
woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and
love." He says "her spirit will always be with us."
Taylor won three Academy Awards, two for acting and one for her
humanitarian work, but is equally well known for her personal life.
The London-born actress was a star at age 12, a bride and a
divorcee at 18, a superstar at 19 and a widow at 26. In all, she
was married eight times -- twice to Richard Burton.
She was also afflicted by ill health. She underwent at least 20
major operations and she nearly died from a bout with pneumonia in
1990. In 1994 and 1995, she had both hip joints replaced, and in
February 1997, she underwent surgery to remove a benign brain
tumor. In 1983, she acknowledged a 35-year addiction to sleeping
pills and pain killers. She was treated for alcohol and drug abuse
problems at the Betty Ford Clinic.
A private family funeral is planned later this week.
Publicist says actress Liz Taylor died Wednesday in LA of congestive heart failure at age 79.