Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor has died aged 79. Her agent confirmed the news on Wednesday.
She had been suffering from congestive heart problems for some time.
Taylor is considered one of cinema’s greatest and most beautiful actresses. Perhaps her most famous role came in Cleopatra, where she starred alongside future husband Richard Burton. She won two Oscars for Best Actress: the first for her role in Butterfield 8 in 1960, the second for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? six years later.
Taylor was born in London in 1932 and in 1999 was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
She was also well-known for her tumultuous love life. She married eight times, divorcing Burton twice. She is survived by four children, one of whom she adopted, and nine grandchildren.
Her son Michael Wilding said in a statement. “My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour, and love. 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.”