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Never enough hours in the days of a queen

Elizabeth Taylor was a true icon of the golden age of Hollywood, even in her later years, and despite her struggles with ill health and addiction, her name still conjured up images of old school glamour and grace.

She was not just a beautiful face, however, with Oscar-winning performances in BUtterfield 8, in which she played the seductive protagonist, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in which she played the frumpy Martha.

As her fans mourn her death, we take a look at some of her most iconic moments.

Elizabeth Taylor at the age of 13, after starring in National Velvet in 1944. (AP Photo)

Taylor in 1950 with her first husband, hotel heir Nick Hilton. (AP Photo)

Taylor in 1951 with her second husband, British actor Michael Wilding. (AP Photo)

10pt’>A 1953 file photo shows one of the first pictures of Elizabeth Taylor with her son Michael Howard Wilding. (AP Photo)

Taylor in 1953. (AP Photo)

Taylor attends a function with her third husband, showman Mike Todd, in 1957. (AP Photo)

In this 1959 photo, Taylor, accompanied by her physician Dr Rexford Kennamer, walks through Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago where she attended a ceremony dedicating the grave marker of her late third husband Mike Todd, who died a year earlier. (AP Photo)

Taylor in 1961 in BUtterfield 8. (AP Photo)

Taylor holds the Oscar she won as 1960’s best actress for her role in BUtterfield 8 while speaking with reporters in Hollywood. (AP Photo)

Elizabeth Taylor and fifth husband, Richard Burton. This 1962 photograph shows the glamour couple arriving at Porto d’Ischia, on the isle of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples, Italy, for the shooting of some scenes of Cleopatra. (AP Photo)

Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra in 1962. (AP Photo)

Taylor and Burton in a scene from 1966 film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (AP Photo)

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Lisa Van Wyk
Lisa van Wyk is the arts editor, which somehow justifies her looking at pretty pictures all day, reading cool art and culture blogs and having the messiest desk in the office. She likes people who share her passion for art, music, food, wine, travel and all things Turkish. She can't ride a bike, but she can read ancient languages and totally understands the offside rule.

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