One of the greatest actresses of the Hollywood Golden Age, Elizabeth Taylor, has sadly passed away today at the age of 79. Taylor has had failing health for many years and unfortunately lost her battle with congestive heart failure. She was one of the screen legends that we don’t tend to see anymore, genuine talent matched with a personal and love life which would catch the public attention, particularly her on-off relationship with actor Richard Burton.
Born in Hampstead in 1932, Taylor’s family moved to the United States when she was aged 7. She then appeared in her first film at the age of 9, moving on to delivering a memorable performance at the age of 12 in the film National Velvet. She went on to deliver many memorable performances in her life, in the likes of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf and the role I believe she’s most synonymous with, Cleopatra.
Although she was married 8 times, it was the relationship with Burton that was the most enduring and in the public eye. The pair was married twice, always seemingly falling out, yet getting back together again. The pair collaborated on 11 films, 1 TV movie and a Broadway Show.
Her last screen appearance was in the 1994, The Flintstones of all things. Her health restricted her making more feature appearances, but she has steadily worked in television in her last years, even voicing Maggie Simpson, even if it was just the word ‘Daddy’. May she rest in peace.