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2011-07-30 16:54:30 来源：VOA
Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79
Legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79.A statement from Taylor's family says she died peacefully, with her children at her side. The veteran actress, known for movies such as "National Velvet," which made her a star at the age of 12, and "Cleopatra," had been suffering from congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalized in Los Angeles for the past six weeks. Taylor won Academy Awards for her role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Butterfield 8." In later years, she was a spokeswoman for humanitarian causes, notably AIDS research. That work gained her a special Oscar in 1993.
Taylor was sometimes called the most beautiful woman in the world. In addition to her work in film, the Oscar-winning actress was also well known for her off-screen drama, including being married eight times, twice to actor Richard Burton.
Born in London to American parents, she moved to Los Angeles before World War II, and went from child star to Hollywood starlet to movie icon. But she gained attention for more than just her beauty and acting talent.Her stormy personal life and numerous marriages, as well as her friendship with pop icon Michael Jackson, made her a constant source of stories for the press.
She had a passion for jewels and jewelry and introduced her own perfumes, including one called White Diamonds. In later years, she was widely recognized for her charitable work. France awarded her the prestigious Legion of Honor in 1987 and Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her a dame, the female equivalent of a knight, in 2000.
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