August 22 2014

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011


Elizabeth Taylor died today in Los Angeles at the age of 79.

During her long career—her first film was released in 1942, and she was world-famous by 1944 with National Velvet—the violet-eyed beauty was many things: movie star nonpareil (where to begin but Cleopatra), Oscar-winning actress (for Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), humanitarian, Halstonette, celebrity fragrance pioneer, tabloid target, AIDS activist, and—frequently and famously—wife. And though she was never anything as banal as a fashion plate, she was one of the all-time style icons. There was Butterfield, there was the cult-adored Boom!, there was the jet-set ultra-glamour of the Burton-Taylor years. There was only ever one Liz.

For more on Taylor, see Variety‘s obituary here.

Photo: Getty Images

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