Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79 due to congestive heart failure

New York Daily News report

(SPOT.ph) Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor died yesterday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a long battle with congestive heart failure, reports Reuters. She was 79.

According to Reuters, Taylor’s career started with the film Lassie Come Home in 1942. Nominated for five Oscars during the course of her seven-decade career, she won Best Actress for Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Her last movie was The Flintstones in 1994.

Taylor was married eight times; she tied the knot with hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, actor Michael Wilding, film producer Mike Todd, singer Eddie Fisher, her Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton (twice), U.S. Senator John Warner and construction worker Larry Fortensky.

Asked why she got married several times, The New York Times quoted her as saying, "I don’t know, honey. It sure beats the hell out of me." She had four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, according to Reuters.

For a time, Taylor had drinking problems and an addiction to prescription drugs. She entered rehab in 1983. Two years later, she started fighting for AIDS education and research after her friend Rock Hudson died from AIDS.

For more on this story, log on to Reuters and The New York Times.

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