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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: Tuesday March 22, 2011; Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Tuesday is March 22, the 81st day of 2011. There are 284 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On March 22, 1765, Britain enacted the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the Colonies.

* In 1933, during Prohibition, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine and beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal.

* In 1958, movie producer Mike Todd, husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, and three others were killed in the crash of Todd’s private plane near Grants, New Mexico.

* In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson named General William C. Westmoreland to be the Army’s chief of staff.

* In 1978, Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of “the Flying Wallendas” high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto, Rico.

In 2010, Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton toured the earthquake-devastated capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

George Benson in Madrid 2009 (photo by Raul Ruiz via wikipedia commons)

90 JOHN J. GILLIGAN, former Ohio governor

81 STEPHEN SONDHEIM, composer and lyricist

PAT ROBERTSON, evangelist broadcaster

80 WILLIAM SHATNER, actor/advertising pitchman

70 JEREMY CLYDE, singer from the 60′s group, Chad & Jeremy

68 GEORGE BENSON, singer and guitarist

63 ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, composer

59 BOB COSTAS, sportscaster

35 REESE WITHERSPOON, born Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, actress