Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed screen legend famed for her extraordinary beauty, her tumultuous personal life, including her many marriages, and her work in the fight against HIV/AIDS, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure. She was 79.
Elizabeth Taylor was born in London, England, in 1932 and moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1939. Taylor appeared with Ann Revere in the film "National Velvet" in 1944, two years after she made her film debut at the age of 10. The film was a smash hit and made Taylor MGM's top child star.
Elizabeth Taylor arrives at a Hollywood movie premiere Dec. 21, 1949, with Ralph Kiner, then the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder and the Major League's home run king. Kiner was Taylor's second big-name athlete boyfriend.
Elizabeth Taylor is pictured dancing with film producer Mike Todd at a party in Greenwich, Conn., on Dec. 9, 1956. Todd later became the next - and third - husband of Taylor in February of 1957. In 1958, Todd was killed in a plane crash.
In a 1961 file photo, actress Elizabeth Taylor is shown in a scene from "BUtterfield 8." She won her first Academy Award, for best actress in a leading role, for her performance as Gloria Wandrous in the film.
Martin Landau, second from left, playing the part of the general, and Elizabeth Taylor, playing the title role of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, are shown during filming of the movie "Cleopatra" on location off the Isle of Ischia, Italy, on June 16, 1962.
Earl Mountbatten of Burma presented Elizabeth Taylor with the Oscar she won for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the 20th Annual British Film Academy Awards ceremony in London, April 24, 1967.
Elizabeth Taylor attended a charity ball in Monaco, Nov. 17, 1969. Making its debut was the famous 69.42 carat, pear-shaped diamond that Taylor was wearing as a pendant. It was a present from her husband, Richard Burton. Initially, the diamond was bought by Paris jeweler Cartier at an auction and he named it "Cartier." Burton bought it the next day and renamed it "Taylor-Burton."
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who is wearing a Cartier diamond of almost 70 carats, arrive at Hotel Hermitage for the Scorpion Ball in Monaco, in this Nov. 15, 1969, photo. Taylor and Burton eventually were married and divorced twice.
Kim Novak, left, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor posed for a promotional photo for the 1980 film "The Mirror Crack'd", in which all three starred. Upon the death of Hudson in 1985, Taylor began her crusade to raise funds for AIDS research.
Elizabeth Taylor and fiance Larry Fortensky leave a New York news conference on Sept. 11, 1991. On Oct. 6, 1991, Fortensky became Taylor's seventh husband. The wedding, however, was her eighth. (Taylor and Richard Burton were married twice.) Taylor and Fortensky divorced five years later.
From left, Elizabeth Taylor, Lord Rowe-Beddoe, President of the Royal Welsh College, and Prince Charles look at a bust of actor Richard Burton during a gala at Buckingham Palace in London, April 29, 2010.