Best of 2011

A Farewell to the Stars We Lost This Year

From Elizabeth Taylor to Amy Winehouse, we pay tribute to the people whose lives touched us all

ELIZABETH TAYLOR

The violet-eyed Hollywood icon, who dazzled the world for 60 years with her stunning looks, collection of jewels and numerous husbands, died of congestive heart failure on March 23 at 79. Taylor left behind four children, 50 films (including Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, both alongside her 4th and 5th husband Richard Burton) and a successful beauty empire. In later years, the Oscar winner became an HIV/AIDS pioneer at a time when few spoke out about the disease, helping raise more than $465 million through amfAR, the AIDS research organization she cofounded.