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Picture-perfect Elizabeth Taylor
She was so much more than those violet eyes. And she hated being called Liz. Elizabeth Taylor grew up on screen, evolving from a child star in ankle socks to a lovely ingénue, a gorgeous sex symbol and finally a gray-haired actress of startling ferocity. Every role was memorable. Taylor, who died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at 79, had one of the most full careers in Hollywood history. Across six decades, she made more than 50 films, garnered five Oscar nominations and won the best-actress award twice — the quintessential movie star all the way through. Her later years were spent less on acting — save for stage roles and occasional, mostly forgettable movie cameos — and more on activism, focusing on fighting HIV/AIDS. Her eight marriages, long friendship with Michael Jackson, love of extravagant jewels and her addictions grabbed headlines but never obscured her remarkable talent.