Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Remembering Hollywood's Queen, Elizabeth Taylor

The beautiful and tumultuous life of a grand dame who became movie-made royalty

GRANDE DAME

Taylor received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' award for artistic excellence at a ceremony with Tom Cruise and Katie Homes in 2005. Confined to a wheelchair following two hip replacements, Taylor – who was made a dame in 2000 by Prime Minister Tony Blair – survived surgery for a benign brain tumor in 1997 and also suffered bouts of pneumonia, scoliosis and congestive heart failure. But as she told Larry King in 2006: "If (people) want to hear that I'm dead, sorry, folks. I'm not. And I don't plan on it."