It is reported that she died at the hospital in the early morning in the presence of her four children — Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton.
Her son, Michael Wilding, said on Good Morning America: “My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest with great passion, humor and love… 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.”
Elizabeth Taylor had starred in many award-winning movies in the 50’s and 60’s which had included: “Giant,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Cleopatra,” which had made her a world-wide sex symbol. That combined with her relationships with famous men, such as the late Richard Burton and Michael Jackson, had made her the focus of constant media attention.
She had also been a fashion and perfumery celebrity and had devoted considerable time and effort in helping victims of AIDS and had raised many millions in donations following the death in 1987 of her good friend, actor Rock Hudson, who had died from the disease.
The actor had been achieved two Academy Awards for Best Actress and had been given the Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Academy Award in 1992 for her contributions in the fight against AIDS. In 1999, she was invested by the Queen of England as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
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