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More than 70 years as a Hollywood institution

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Elizabeth Taylor, right, at age 12, and Ann Revere as they appeared in "National Velvet" in 1944.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney in "National Velvet "

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Elizabeth Taylor And Montgomery Clift in the 1951 film "A Place In The Sun."

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Elizabeth Taylor poses in this undated publicity still from the 1950s.

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1954

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Elizabeth Taylor is escorted from Cedars of Lebanon Hospital by her husband, producer Mike Todd, Dec. 22, 1957. She had been hospitalized for appendicitis.

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From left, Burl Ives, Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman are seen in this file photograph from the 1958 film "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."


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Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher hold hands as they disclosed plans to wed.

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Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960 film "Butterfield 8."


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British-born actor Peter Ustinov, left, holds his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "Spartacus," alongside Shirley Jones, Best Supporting Actress for the film "Elmer Gantry," Elizabeth Taylor, Best Actress for the film "Butterfield 8" and Burt Lancaster, Best Actor for the film "Elmer Gantry" in this April 17, 1961 photo at the Academy Awards in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison appear in a scene from the 1961 film "Cleopatra."

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in "Cleopatra."

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Elizabeth Taylor with Richard Burton and her daughter Liza at Malton, Sept. 22, 1963.

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Elizabeth Taylor stars as Martha and Richard Burton as George in the 1966 film "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? "

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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, wearing a Cartier diamond of almost 70 carats, arrive at Hotel Hermitage for the Scorpion Ball in Monaco, in this Nov. 15, 1969 file photo.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine in "X, Y and Zee," 1972.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton kneel in a scene from the 1967 film "The Taming of the Shrew" in Italy.

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Len Cariou, Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Guittard, Diana Rigg in the 1977 film "A Little Night Music."

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Elizabeth Taylor poses with Elizabeth Arden executive Joseph X. Spellman and a set of her new line of perfumes, the "Frangrant Jewel Collection," during a promotional appearance in New York September 20, 1993. The jeweled bottles Taylor is reaching for are from a special edition set valued at $100,000 each. The dog is named "Sugar."

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Elizabeth Taylor poses with then husband Larry Fortensky as she launches her new fragrance "Black Pearls" at Sotheby's in New York, Wednesday, June 14, 1995.

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Elizabeth Taylor, right, is joined onstage at the Pantages Theater by Madonna in Hollywood Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, during a birthday celebration for Taylor who turned 65 that month.

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Candice Bergen, left, in character as Murphy Brown, and Elizabeth Taylor are shown in a scene from an episode of "Murphy Brown" that aired Feb. 26, 1996, on CBS.

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Elizabeth Taylor accompanied by Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, right, arrives for the American Foundation for AIDS Research benefit party in Mougins, near Cannes, May 20, 1999.


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Elizabeth Taylor receives her award as Dame Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from the Queen in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, May 16, 2000. Taylor recieved her award in recognition for her services to acting and charity.


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Elizabeth Taylor and host Larry King during a taping of "Larry King Live" at CNN Studios in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2003.


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Dame Elizabeth Taylor poses at the British Film and Television Academy/Los Angeles Cunard Britannia Awards, Thurs., Nov. 10, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Taylor received the Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in International Entertainment.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson arrive at Marble Collegiate Church in New York, in this March 16, 2002, file photo, to attend Liza Minnelli's wedding.

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In this Sept. 24, 2009 file photo, Elizabeth Taylor speaks at the Macy's Passport Fashion Show gala in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Employees pose for photographers with the 1963 "Silver Liz" portrait of actress Elizabeth Taylor by late artist Andy Warhol, unseen for more than 20 years, at Christie's auction house in London June 8, 2010.


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