Elizabeth Taylor in CleopatraThe news hasn’t exactly come as a surprise but it’s saddening all the same – Elizabeth Taylor has died in Los Angeles at the age of 79.

Born in north London in 1932, she was in the public eye from the age of 12 after her spirited performance as Velvet Brown in National Velvet made her a star. She went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest ever icons, married eight times (including twice to Richard Burton) and won a pair of Oscars (for Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf).

In recent years, she’s remained an icon thanks to her social activism (helping to start the American Foundation for Aids Research before going on to found the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation) – and thanks to her friendships with others thrust into stardom at an early age (including, of course, Michael Jackson).

Her obituaries will consume forests of newsprint, but in the meantime here’s our tribute gallery.

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UK TV channels will be changing their schedules to fit in loads of Elizabeth Taylor films  over coming days, so keep an eye on What’s On TV’s film pages for updates.