Dame Elizabeth Taylor, renowned as one of the world’s most glamorous stars, has died at the age of 79.

The Hollywood actress, who lived her entire life in the spotlight, has suffered from ill health for many years and last month was treated for heart problems.

She was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles six weeks ago suffering from congestive heart failure.

She died surrounded by her children, her publicist Sally Morrison said.

Liz first gained stardom as a child and appeared in more than 50 films. She won Oscars for her performances in Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

She was equally famous for her extraordinary beauty and her stormy personal life, including eight marriages and a series of physical ailments.

Despite numerous health scares over a number of years the actress, notably married to Richard Burton on two occasions, continually fought back.

Dame Elizabeth was also noted for a lengthy and close friendship with the singer Michael Jackson who died in June 2009. He accompanied her to a gala tribute evening at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2000.

Although her film work was long behind her she continued to remain in the public eye for her charitable work. She was a spokeswoman for humanitarian causes, most notably Aids research.

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