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This Week in L.A. History: A Diamond of the Silver Screen Was Lost

Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies at the age of 79.

After struggling with heart problems for much of her life, Elizabeth Taylor was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart is too weak to pump sufficient amounts of blood throughout the body, in November 2004. Taylor was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in February 2011 and remained there until her death on March 23, 2011.

Since the start of her acting career at the age of 12, Taylor seemed to always be in the spotlight. Appearing in over 50 films and winning two Academy Awards, she mesmerized audiences with her unparalleled beauty and captivating, violet-eyes. Off-screen, Taylor was famously sought after by potential suitors, media, and fans. Despite being perhaps best known for marrying seven men and making eight trips down the aisle, Taylor also devoted herself to philanthropy. In 1991 she founded the Elizabeth Taylor HIV/AIDS Foundation in response to her friend Rock Hudson’s struggle with the disease.

Even in death, the actress’ glamorous lifestyle remains unmatched: Taylor’s jewelry and art collection were auctioned off for a total of $210 million dollars, making her the top earning dead celebrity, passing her close friend Michael Jackson, according to Forbes’ 2012 poll.