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Picture-perfect Elizabeth Taylor

- By Claudia Puig

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.

 ?? The Kobal Collection/20th Century Fox ?? Cleopatra: The 1963 film featured Elizabeth Taylor as the queen of Egypt who had aspiration­s of ruling the world.
The Kobal Collection/20th Century Fox Cleopatra: The 1963 film featured Elizabeth Taylor as the queen of Egypt who had aspiration­s of ruling the world.
 ?? Columbia Pictures ?? Summer of discontent: Taylor plays a womanwho saw her cousin being killed and is haunted by the memory in this adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play.
Columbia Pictures Summer of discontent: Taylor plays a womanwho saw her cousin being killed and is haunted by the memory in this adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play.

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