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Silver screen icon Elizabeth Taylor, famed as much for defining Hollywood glamour as she was her much-documented string of marriages, has died today aged 79.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress passed away peacefully from congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, where she had been hospitalised for about six weeks.

“All her children were with her,” publicist Sally Morrison told the AP.

Elizabeth had suffered from the disease for many years, but even plagued with illness, she was often quick to dismiss reports that she was in deteriorating health.

As famous as she was for her iconic beauty, penchant for diamonds, public flings (she had eight marriages to seven men) and her leading role in Cleopatra, Taylor was also quite the philanthropist, becoming one of the first to speak openly about AIDS and subsequently setting up the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

A true Hollywood icon of the golden era, we send our thoughts to Elizabeth’s family and friends as we remember the life of a legend this afternoon.

We’ll be celebrating Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic looks with an in-depth retrospective of her incredible style soon – stay tuned.

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