Elizabeth Taylor, epitome of a movie star, dies at 79 (video)

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died today at the age of 79 of congestive heart failure. Though she was widely known for her stunning collection of jewelry and her equally stunning collection of husbands (seven in total, including Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton-twice), Taylor's true legacy is captured on the film reels of the last sixty years. Below, some of our all-time favorite Elizabeth Taylor moments.

Taylor's turn as Velvet Brown in National Velvet began her rise to stardom at the age of 12:



Though you may know Father of the Bride with Steve Martin, Taylor starred in the original back in 1950. It was her first box office success in an adult role:



Taylor was hailed for her performance as a spoiled socialite in A Place in the Sun:



Starring opposite Paul Newman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1958:



Two years later, she won her first of two Academy Awards for her role as a high-end call girl in BUtterfield 8 (the second would come in 1967 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?):



Maybe her most famous role, Taylor rocked gold headdresses and cat eye makeup as the queen of Egypt in Cleopatra:



After retiring from screen life, Taylor launched a perfume line. The scent "White Diamonds" is one of the top 10 best selling fragrances of the past 15 years:






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Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011: Actress, AIDS activist and style icon
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