Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor dies
Screen siren Dame Elizabeth Taylor, whose dazzling beauty and turbulent life made her one of the most famous stars in the world, has died at the age of 79.
She was hailed as "a Hollywood giant" and "the last of the great glamour stars" as friends and admirers paid tribute.
And the Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? actress was remembered for not only her movie work and her star quality but also her dedication to charity, chiefly her Aids work.
She died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure.
Dame Elizabeth, who lived almost her entire life in the spotlight after finding fame as a child star, had been plagued by ill-health for many years and had been in hospital for six weeks with heart problems.
Sir Elton John, a long-time friend, said: "We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being."
The Oscar-winning star was renowned for her tumultuous personal life, as well as her mesmerising performances.
She was married eight times - twice to the Welsh acting titan Richard Burton - and had a lengthy battle with substance abuse.
Fan George Michael said: "Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantastically charming woman.
"She was also the only person I've ever met that had violet eyes. They were genuinely violet. So beautiful."