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Elizabeth Taylor Dies at Age 79…

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor has died in Los Angeles of heart complications.  Born in Hampstead, a wealthy district of North West London, the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor (1897–1968) and Sara Viola Warmbrodt (1895–1994), who were Americans residing in England.

Her parents were originally from Arkansas City, Kansas. Her father was an art dealer and her mother a former actress whose stage name was ‘Sara Sothern’. Sothern retired from the stage when she and Francis Taylor married in 1926 in New York City.

A dual citizen of the UK and the U.S., she was born a British subject through her birth on British soil and an American citizen through her parents.

Taylor was famous for her films (many, such as National Velvet, Cleopatra, A Place In The Sun and others), for eight marriages (two to Richard Burton) and for her campaigning against HIV and AIDS.

She won her 2 Best Actress Academy Awards for Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

In her long career from child actress to Hollywood Icon, Taylor passed away at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA.

Eddie Fisher Dead at 82

As a result of complications from hip surgery, 50s pop singer Eddie Fisher has died at his home n Berkely, California. This was the official statement from his family:

“Late last evening the world lost a true America icon. One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch.”

” mensch” however had gone through five marriages, the most famous being his first to Debbie Reynolds and his second to Elizabeth Taylor. And there was nothing mensch-like about his comments in one of two memoirs attacking Reynolds (enough so that their daughter, Carrie Fisher, threatened to change her last name legally to Reynolds.)

He tried for a comeback in the sixties, but as the era of the Beatles rolled in, the era of the popular male singer rolled out.

From the NY Times:
Edwin Jack Fisher was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Philadelphia, one of seven children of a Jewish grocer. At 15 he was singing on Philadelphia radio.

After moving to New York, Fisher was adopted as a protege by comedian Eddie Cantor, who helped the young singer become a star in radio, television and records.