Two-time Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor died in LA today at the age of 79, after being hospitalized for hospitalized for congestive heart failure in February. “She was surrounded by her children – Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton,” said a publicist. “My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” said Michael Wilding.
Though frail and frequently ill throughout her life (she famously almost died before winning her first Oscar for 1960′s Butterfield 8), Taylor wound up surviving five of her seven husbands (Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Michael Todd, Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton). Along with her four children, she is survived by ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and ex-husbands Larry Fortensky and Sen. John Warner.
See photos from her amazing, almost unbelievable life in the gallery below.
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