A Hollywood Icon: Elizabeth Taylor

“It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.” -Elizabeth Taylor

A great beauty who possessed all the glamour that Old Hollywood was, Elizabeth Taylor passed away at the age of 79 last night from congestive heart failure. One of the greatest actresses of her time, Elizabeth Taylor was named seventh on its Female Legends list by the American Film Institute.

In a society where not many mutations are glamorized, Taylor was born with a mutation that caused double rows of eyelashes, which enhanced her appearance on camera. She was encouraged to act because of this mutation.

Perhaps known to later generations as one of the first celebrities to endorse a fragrance, Taylor was the face and voice of White Diamonds perfume. Taylor will be forever known for her obsession with diamonds and other jewelry saying, as well as her multiple marriages (eight of them!), “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”

“In November 2004, Taylor announced that she had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a progressive condition in which the heart is too weak to pump sufficient blood throughout the body, particularly to the lower extremities: the ankles and feet. She broke her back five times, had both her hips replaced, survived a benign brain tumor operation and skin cancer, and faced life-threatening bouts with pneumonia twice. Towards the end of her life she was reclusive and sometimes failed to make scheduled appearances due to illness or other personal reasons. She used a wheelchair and when asked about it stated that she had osteoporosis and was born with scoliosis.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Of all the the greatness that she was, Taylor still had a bit of excitement for other celebrities. Her last tweet from her verified Twitter account on February 9th (@DameElizabeth) read, “My interview in Bazaar with Kim Kardashian came out!!! http://j.mp/eqQsGa“. And if you’re looking for any unaccounted Taylor quotes, her Twitter account is definitely the place to find them in her last months alive, “Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind. I love you.” and “You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves and those around them.”

And on July 22, 2010 she wrote in 2 tweets, “No one is going to play Elizabeth Taylor, but Elizabeth Taylor herself. Not at least until I’m dead, and at the moment I’m having too much fun being alive…and I plan on staying that way. Happiness to all.”

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One Response to A Hollywood Icon: Elizabeth Taylor

  1. Desiree' says:

    To all the wanna-be starlets out there, Dame Elizabeth was the ‘real deal’. There will NEVER be another.

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