Oscar-winning screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died today in Los Angeles. She was 79-years-old.
She had been hospitalized for the past six weeks with complications from congestive heart failure.
"My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," her son,Michael Wilding, said in a statement. "Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts."
My first memories of the legendary actress are ironically from one of her most campy films: 1980's "The Mirror Crack'd."
Though the film version of the classic Agatha Christie mystery The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side starred Angela Lansbury as master detective Miss Jane Marple and also featured Hollywood legends Rock Hudson, Kim Novak and Tony Curtis, it was Taylor's performance as Marina Rudd, a mentally-unstable actress staging a comeback despite death threats, that is perhaps most memorable.