Taylors publicist said she died peacefully, six weeks after an initial hospitalisation for symptoms related to congestive heart failure, a condition with which she had struggled for many years. Though she had recently suffered a number of complications, her condition had stabilized and it was hoped that she would be able to return home. Sadly, this was not to be.
A legendary beauty, Taylor is remembered for her film roles, penchant for diamonds and eight marriages to seven husbands. Catapulted to fame through National Velvet in 1944, she famously starred in Cleopatra, where she met two-time husband Richard Burton, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).
The two-time Oscar winner was celebrated for talent as well as her arresting beauty. She won Academy Awards for Butterfield 8 in 1960 and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf, in 1966.
A renowned philanthropist, she founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation following the death of her friend Rock Hudson. Her charity work is said to have grossed as much as her film career.