Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011

Philadelphia Inquirer: For some, she will always be Velvet Brown, the little girl who rode The Pie to horse-racing glory in “National Velvet.”

For others, the lasting image will be the seductive title role that she played in “Cleopatra.”

And who could forget her as frumpy, boozy, foulmouthed Martha, wife of the milquetoast college professor, in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

Elizabeth Taylor, two-time Oscar winner, AIDS activist and American icon, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure. She was 79.

In a career that spanned 70 years and included more than 50 films, it was Taylor’s beauty as much as her acting that captured the attention of audiences. But as the Oscars attest, she could act.

Some of Taylor’s most important work occurred off the screen as one of the first celebrities to openly push for a cure for AIDS, which had taken a toll among the Hollywood community.

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