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Actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Two-time Oscar-winning film star Elizabeth Taylor, who briefly lived in Westport with third husband Mike Todd, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 79.

Star of such Hollywood classics as "Cleopatra," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", Taylor reportedly died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalized for about six weeks.

Taylor was born Feb. 27, 1932, in Hampstead, England, to American parents and relocated to Los Angeles when she was a child. In 1942, at the age of 9, she appeared in her first film, " There's One Born Every Minute ." By the time she was 12, she was a full-fledged star.

According to Westport blogger Dan Woog , Taylor lived on Long Lots Road, across from the Fairfield Hunt Club, in the 1950s.

The violet-eyed beauty was also known for her numerous marriages—eight in total. In her later years, Taylor became a vocal spokeswoman for HIV/AIDS research.

She is survived by four children, Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton; and 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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