Elizabeth Taylor, who was hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, has died at the age of 79. Reports ABC News:
Taylor, a two-time Academy Award-winning actress who in later life became notorious for her seven marriages and sometimes eccentric behavior, had reported health problems in recent years and appeared frail in public appearances.
Taylor’s past health setbacks included a fall from a horse during one of her early film shoots, bouts with pneumonia and skin cancer, a tracheotomy, treatment for alcohol and painkiller addictions, and lung, hip, brain and heart surgeries. She has had anywhere from 30 to 40 surgeries, according to biographers.
In addition, she has seen her dramatic life frequently covered by gossip magazines, which have documented evident fluctuations in her weight over the years. [Ed. note: REALLY, OBITUARY? IS THIS A NECESSARY PARAGRAPH?]
But she’s iconic for being one of the most popular actresses of Hollywood’s golden age. Born in London in 1932 to American parents who returned to the U.S. with WWII looming, Taylor bounded into the spotlight at age 12 after starring in the 1944 box office sensation “National Velvet.” She won acclaim as an adult with 1951’s “A Place In The Sun” and went on to score best actress Oscar nominations for “Raintree County,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and “Suddenly, Last Summer.”
In 1963, she memorably starred in “Cleopatra.” She later won Oscars for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Butterfield 8.”
Here at Videogum, we honor her the way we believe she would like to be honored, with this insane YouTube montage of her frolicking on a beach set to a low-tempo party song:
R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor. You will be missed! You are in heaven now, divorcing the angels.