Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79: Remembering Her Legacy

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Elizabeth Taylor (© DPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)Elizabeth Taylor died this morning due to complications with congestive heart failure. The iconic, glamorous star was an outstanding actress and activist, being described by Gene Seymour for CNN.com as, the "Last Star." Taylor was 79 at the time of her death and was every bit as glamorous as she could be until the end.

An outstanding woman in many ways, managing to outlive her New York Times obituary writer, Elizabeth Taylor left her mark on the world. Not only did she star in many amazing movies (National Velvet, Cleopatra and so on), but she dared to talk about AIDS before it was okay to do so. Of course, she had some issues with multiple husbands and some scandals over the years. But what celebrity doesn't? In fact, she was probably the ultimate celebrity.

Perhaps the best indicator of who she was as a person comes from the statement made by her son, Michael Wielding. He ends with a beautiful tribute to who she was -- not just as a celebrity -- but as a mother.

We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mum having lived in it.

Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.

Elizabeth and Son (© UPPA/ZUMAPRESS.com)


Celebrities have been offering up their condolences via twitter and other outlets, but Elton John isn't the only one paying tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor. Bloggers are making their mark on this loss of a long-lasting celebrity.

Here at BlogHer, A Rolling Crone shared an interesting post about Elizabeth Taylor's supposed ESP, close encounters with plane crashes and brushes with death. Not only does she nominate her for "Crone of the Year," but she really feels a loss.

Hearing of Liz Taylor's death saddened me, although I never met her, because I almost feel we grew up together, ever since "National Velvet" in 1944. Well, I was only 3 then, and she was 12, but I've always followed her illnesses and romantic adventures with interest. And I always thought she was intelligent (if not in her choice of husbands), honest and selflessly dedicated to the cause of eradicating AIDs.

Sasha Stone of Awards Daily tries to pin down the "one" thing that made Elizabeth Taylor so great. She can't, but does have a post full of great movies and photos.

It’s impossible, or nearly, to pin down what was so great about her. Partly it was just her other worldly beauty – some faces are like great buildings – every line, ever shadow cast, every surface artful perfections. But it was her many iconic performances too.

Pink is the New Blog also talked about what made Elizabeth Taylor so iconic.

Movie stars don’t come bigger than Elizabeth Taylor … her legendary status in Hollywood is unmatched, unsurpassed and sets a standard that will never be eclipsed. But even more important than her iconic star status was Taylor‘s unfailing generosity and will to give. Elizabeth Taylor set the standard when it comes to raising awareness and funding for AIDS research. Her tireless efforts to work toward finding a cure for the disease came at a time in our History when it was almost unheard of to even talk about the existence of the disease, let alone champion its cure.

More reaction from around the BlogHer Network:

  • Bricks and Stones Gossip lets us know that "family is asking donations be made to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation in lieu of flowers."
  • Busy Bee Blogger says that we've "lost one of it’s superstars, and biggest personalities."
  • A discussion at BlogFrog talks about how she made 79 look glamorous.
  • Anything Hollywood mentions her long list of great movies.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Elizabeth Taylor as they begin to deal with the loss of an amazing woman.

Contributing Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is a freelance writer and photographer.

Photo Credits -- First: © DPA/ZUMAPRESS.com; Second: © UPPA/ZUMAPRESS.com

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