Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away

Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen life was often upstaged by her stormy personal life, died Wednesday at age 79.

She died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks.

Elizabeth Taylor appeared in more than 50 films, and won Oscars for her performances in “Butterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966)

Taylor had extraordinary grace, fame and wealth. But she was tortured by ill health, failed romances and personal tragedy.

She accepted her many health problems with a stoic attitude.

“My body’s a real mess,” Taylor told W magazine in 2004. “If you look at it in the mirror, it’s just completely convex and concave.”