Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the two-time Oscar winner and dedicated AIDS activist whose acting prowess, glitzy lifestyle and larger-than-life celebrity established her as Hollywood royalty, has died. She was 79.
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Taylor died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children, Taylor's rep said. Battling ill health and scoliosis in her later years, Taylor had been hospitalized for the past six weeks for congestive heart failure. She underwent a heart procedure to repair a leaky valve in October 2009.
"My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," Taylor's son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement. "Though her loss is devastating to those of us ...
Jane Russell, one of Hollywood's biggest sex symbols in the 1940s and '50s, died Monday, The Los Angeles Times reports. She was 89.
Her son, Buck Waterfield, said she died at her home in Santa Maria, Calif., but did not specify a cause...
Leonardo DiCaprio's career is taking flight — literally. Fresh off his Golden Globe-nominated turn as a faux airline pilot in Steven Spielberg's cat-and-mouse caper Catch Me If You Can, the 28-year-old actor will next portray Howard Hughes in the big-budget biopic The Aviator.
"It seems like I'm going to be immersed in two films that are very much about the world of aviation," DiCaprio acknowledges to TV Guide Online. "There are no similarities in the storyline or the structure, but, certainly, [both movies] are about people taking chances that nobody else did at the time."
The Aviator — which reteams DiCaprio with his Gangs of New York director