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A Lustrous Pinnacle of Hollywood Glamour

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from the new york times ELIZABETH TAYLOR, 1932-2011 By MEL GUSSOW Elizabeth Taylor, the actress who dazzled generations of moviegoers with her stunning beauty and whose name was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 79.A spokeswoman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said Ms. Taylor died at 1:28 a.m. Pacific time. Her publicist, Sally Morrison, said the cause was complications of congestive heart failure. Ms. Taylor had had a series of medical setbacks over the years and was hospitalized six weeks ago with heart problems. In a world of flickering images, Elizabeth Taylor was a constant star. First appearing on screen at age 10, she grew up there, never passing through an awkward age. It was one quick leap from “National Velvet” to “A Place in the Sun” and from there to“Cleopatra,” as she was indelibly transformed from a vulnerable child actress into a voluptuous film queen.In a career of some 70 years and more than 50 films, she won two Academy Awards as…