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Elizabeth Taylor has died aged 79

Elizabeth Taylor has died in Los Angeles, aged 79.

She had been receiving hospital treatment for congestive heart failure for two months.

Taylor was born in London to American parents on 27 February 1932.

The glamourous screen icon won two Oscars from many nominations throughout her career, for BUtterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Taylor is possibly most famous for her role in 1963's Cleopatra , the film that began her screen partnership with Richard Burton, one of seven husbands she had through her lifetime.

She almost died in 1961 when she was struck by a rare strain of pneumonia, and she later fought addiction to alcohol and painkillers.

As well as her acting achievements, Taylor was well-known for her Aids charity work.

She had been suffering from congestive heart failure since 2004, but she continued to campaign until her death.

Taylor had four children, and nine grandchildren.

Considered one of the world's most beautiful women in her prime, she achieved an almost mythic level of stardom throughout her lifetime, and will be greatly missed.