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Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor dies.

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24-03-2011 08:22 AM

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ABC Canberra 666

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24-03-2011 08:22 AM

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24-03-2011 09:02 AM

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2011-03-24 08:22:15

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EASTLEY, Tony

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MCMURTRIE, Craig

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Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood's greatest stars who came to epitomise the excess and glamour of
tinsel town, has died in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure. Famous for her violet eyes and
beauty her life off-screen often overshadowed her career. She was married eight times.

TONY EASTLEY: Elizabeth Taylor one of Hollywood's greatest stars who came to epitomise the excess
and glamour of Tinseltown has died in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure.

Famous for her violet eyes and beauty her life off-screen often overshadowed her career. She was
married eight times.

Here's North America correspondent Craig McMurtrie.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London in 1932.

She loved horses and it was a movie about a horse - National Velvet - that launched her into the
limelight.

VELVET BROWN (ELIZABETH TAYLOR): He's a gentle one, aren't you boy? I'll just call him Pie.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: She loved the camera and the attention. In this BBC interview she describes being
chosen for a ballet solo as a three year old in a performance for the royal family.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: I received applause. And the sound of applause hit my ears for the first time.
And I was transfixed.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: There were more than 50 movies. She was nominated for an Oscar five times and won
in 1961 for playing a call girl in Butterfield 8.

GLORIA WANDROUS (ELIZABETH TAYLOR): If you'd kindly show me to my quarters captain you can lift
anchor anytime.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: In 1963 she was at the height of her powers on the lavish set of Cleopatra. It was
where she met the equally headstrong Richard Burton. Both were married at the time.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: I think he's one of the finest actors. Um...

RICHARD BURTON: One of the finest?

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Sorry.

(Sound of laughter)

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Their stormy relationship led to two marriages and a string of movies including
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? where the couple brought their volatile off-screen chemistry to a
movie that became a Hollywood classic, earning her a second Oscar.

GEORGE (RICHARD BURTON): You're a monster. You are.

MARTHA (ELIZABETH TAYLOR): I'm loud and I'm vulgar and I wear the pants in the house because
somebody's got to!

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: People magazine editor JD Heyman:

JD HEYMAN: Yeah, Elizabeth Taylor may have been the greatest move star that Hollywood ever
produced.

She was famous in a way that most people could only dream of.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: In all there were eight marriages including singer Eddie Fisher and producer Mike
Todd who died in a plane crash.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: (Sobbing) My doctor walked into the room and I just screamed, "He's not!"

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: The quality of Elizabeth Taylor's roles diminished in the 80s as she suffered a
series of serious health scares including back problems, pneumonia, alcohol and drug addiction, hip
operations and a brain tumour.

Inspired by the death of Rock Hudson she became a fierce advocate for AIDS research.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: You can put your arms around them. You can kiss their face.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Unable to walk in recent years she reportedly ordered a gold-plated wheelchair.

Larger than life on and off screen she once said she'd lived enough to fill four lifetimes.

The funeral of Michael Jackson in 2009 was one of her last public appearances.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR: My life has been like a yo-yo. I have been up and down so many times. I've been
in favour; out of favour.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Elizabeth Taylor was 79.

This is Craig McMurtrie for AM.