The star of National Velvet Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, sadly died today at the age of seventy-nine.
The Oscar-winning star died this morning at a medical centre in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure, according to her spokeswoman Sally Morrison.
Dame Elizabeth, who had been in ill health for a number of years, was taken to the hospital with heart failure six weeks ago.
Born in Hampstead, north London, Taylor relocated to the US in 1939 and made her screen debut as a nine-year-old. She found fame as the child star of Lassie Come Home and National Velvet before graduating to adult roles with the 1950 comedy Father of the Bride.
In National Velvet, 1944, twelve-year-old Taylor plays the part of a young girl, helped by a jaded jockey as she prepares a wild but gifted horse named Pie, for England’s Grand National Sweepstakes. The film is regarded as a classic – especially if you love horses, which of course we all do.
Away from the cameras, Elizabeths own life was punctuated by health problems, yet until today, there was something resilient about Elizabeth Taylor – a fighting spirit belied by her famous good looks. “I’ve been through it all, baby,” she once boasted.