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Sayonara, Cleopatra

Hollywood’s all-time screen icon Liz Taylor takes the final bow.

entertainment Updated: Mar 25, 2011 01:02 IST
Robin Bansal

Five Academy Award nominations, two wins and eight marriages — one of Hollywood’s jet-setting icons Elizabeth Taylor breathed her last in the early hours of Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Known for her dazzling beauty, memorable performances in a career spanning over half a century and 70 titles, Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Commanding an astonishing-for-that-time $1 million remuneration for Cleopatra (1936), she has to her credit classic films like National Velvet (1944), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Butterfield 8 (1960) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

“If someone’s dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I’m certainly not dumb enough to turn it down,” she had once famously said.

Also known for her noble causes, she was largely confined to the wheelchair during her last days due to osteoporosis. Reports suggest the actor will now be laid to rest next to Marilyn Monroe in LA.

I’ll remember her as a woman whose heart and soul were as beautiful as her classic face — John Warner, ex-hubby

The world is a better place for mom having lived in it — Michael Wilding, son

We have just lost a Hollywood giant — Elton John, singer-friend