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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: We say goodbye to Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

Elizabeth Taylor in Normandy France in 1985 (photo by Roland Godefroy via wikipedia commons)

British-born Elizabeth Taylor, who became a famous and glamorous American movie queen, whose every movement and actions made headlines, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

She was 79.

Taylor’s career saw her act for more than six decades, winning two Oscars and more than 50 films. She had the opportunity to perform alongside some of history’s most famous male actors: Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Spencer Tracy and Richard Burton, whom she married twice.

Speaking of marriage, Ms. Taylor was married eight times, to seven husbands. Starting in 1950, she married Conrad Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton, John Warner and Larry Fortensky.

All of her marriages made headlines, but the one to actor Eddie Fisher was the most scandalous. Taylor was married to husband #3 Mike Todd when on March 22, 1958, he was killed in a plane crash in New Mexico, leaving her a widow at the young age of 26. Following the tragedy, Fisher, the singer idol who was Todd’s best friend, was married to the popular Debbie Reynolds, spent long hours and days consoling the bereaved Taylor. The bereavement turned into a very scandalous romance between the two. Fisher broke up with Reynolds and married Taylor in 1959. It was probably the only time in Taylor’s life that fans, movie producers, fellow actors, actresses and media were upset with her for causing the breakup in Reynolds’ marriage.

Not only did she marriage rich and famous men, she dated many as well, Frank Sinatra, Henry Kissinger and Malcolm Forbes to name a few.

Radio and Television reports have stated that she suffered from more than 70 illnesses, injuries and accidents. Since 2004, she had heart and spine problems that left her in constant pain. Taylor also struggled with alcohol and prescription painkillers.

She was also a businesswoman. In 1987, she introduced the perfume, Passion. In the 1990′s, Taylor introduced the scent, White Diamonds.

compiled from staff, Radio, TV, Entertainment News reports

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 21, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Today is Thursday, October 21, the 294th day of 2010. Remaining days in the year: 71.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On October 21, 1805, a British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however was killed.

* In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” was christened in Boston’s harbor.

* In 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light in his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

* In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon had their fourth and final presidential debate in New York.

* In 1970, American agronomist Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on high-yield grains that enhanced the world’s food supply.

* In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.

CELEBRITY ALMANACS

Judge Judy is 68 today (file photo)

70 Manfred Mann, rock singer.

68 Elvin Bishop, rock singer.

68 Judge Judy Scheindlin, the loud-mouth, straight-forward TV judge of “Judge Judy”.

64 Lee Loughnane, trumpeter with the band Chicago.

61 Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel.

54 Carrie Fisher, actress & daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

51 Ken Watanabe, actor.

32 Will Estes, actor.

30 Kim Kardashian, actress, reality-TV star and daughter of O.J. Simpson lawyer, Robert Kardashian.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Pop Singer Eddie Fisher dead at 82

50′s pop singing sensation Eddie Fisher passed away Wednesday from complications from hip surgery at his home in Berkeley, California. He was 82.

His solid, clear voice was followed by devoted teenage girls in the early 1950′s.

Eddie Fisher (wfe cc photo)

During that time period, Fisher sold millions of records, had 32 hit songs, including: Thinking of You, Any Time, Oh, My Pa-pa, I’m Yours, and Wish You Were Here.

His career got a tremendous boost in 1955 when he married movie star Debbie Reynolds. They were known as “America’s favorite couple”. They had two children Carrie and Todd Fisher. Carrie became a star herself appearing in Star Wars and the Blues Brothers.

Eddie Fisher also married, Elizabeth Taylor, Connie Stevens, Terry Richard and Betty Lin.

The marriage to Connie Stevens produced two children, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.

An otherwise brilliant singing career was overshadowed by marriage scandals.

compiled from staff, wire & Entertainment news