Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 79. Publicist Sally Morrison says the actress died Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from congestive heart failure.
Oscar winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, 79, died Wednesday March 23, 2011 of congestive heart failure at Los Angeles, Calif.’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital.
“She was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton.”
— Sally Morrison, Liz Taylor’s publicist
In addition to her children, Taylor is survived by 10 grand children and four great grandchildren. Morrison said that a private family funeral will be held later this week. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
A short Elizabeth Taylor tribute narrated by Paul Newman that aired on the Turner Classic Movies channel.
Taylor was married eight times to seven husbands:
Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (May 6, 1950 – January 29, 1951) (divorced)
Michael Wilding (February 21 1952 – January 26 1957) (divorced)
Michael Todd (February 2 1957 – March 22 1958) (widowed)
Eddie Fisher (May 12 1959 – March 6 1964) (divorced)
Richard Burton (March 15 1964 – June 26 1974) (divorced)
Richard Burton (October 10 1975 – July 29 1976) (divorced)
Note: between 1975 and 1976, Taylor was the companion to the Iranian ambassador to Washington, Ardeshir Zahedi. They were dubbed “the hottest couple”, and both divorced their partners during their relationship. Taylor traveled with him to Tehran for a time. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who ruled Iran from September 16, 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on February 11, 1979, convinced Zahedi to end his relationship with Taylor.
Senator John Warner (December 4 1976 – November 7 1982) (divorced)
Larry Fortensky (October 6 1991 – October 31 1996) (divorced)