Elizabeth Taylor in the modern day is mostly known as a famous actress from long ago and one of the closest friends of music icon Michael Jackson. Very few people are truly familiar with her works today and her contributions to the entertainment industry and society are often overlooked by the current generation.
For the majority of the last few decades, she was mainly in the news for her marriages and her friendship with the King of Music Michael Jackson.
But on Wednesday, in Los Angeles, CA, Taylor passed away at the age of 79 after battling a heart condition that finally became too much after years of fighting. While she has had the heart problem for years, they have worsened since the passing of Michael Jackson in June of 2009.
And much like society did after the passing of Jackson, as well as most all entertainers, it is now time to look back on the legacy that Taylor has left behind.
First and foremost, Taylor was one of the first women of Hollywood and one of the most critically acclaimed actresses of all time. She won two Oscar’s for “Butterfield 8” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”
Taylor was also one of the first sex symbols of Hollywood. She was the standard for beauty and grace in the 1950’s and 1960’s and was the center of the media spotlight.
She is perhaps most remembered for her film, “Cleopatra.” The role also led to her relationship with Richard Burton, whom she would marry two separate times in her life.
Taylor also played a large role in charities and worked to fight the spread of AIDS with a foundation that she founded after the passing of fellow Hollywood icon, Rock Hudson.
Through Taylor’s total of eight marriages to seven men, upon her death, she had four living children, another ten grandchildren, and from them she had four great-grandchildren as well.
Taylor’s career began in 1942 with her role in “There’s One Born Every Minute.” Her last role came in “These Old Broads,” in 2001.
Beginning at the young age of ten, Taylor would lead an impressive career that spanned over seven decades.
Whether her name is one that you have known your entire life or if the news of her passing is also the first time you have heard of her, once you learn about Elizabeth Taylor, you cannot ignore all of the amazing contributions she has given the entertainment industry and the world.