A Hollywood great and beautiful double Oscar-winning actress: Elizabeth Taylor; she became known as a child star in the 1940s in the early Lassie films but especially as Velvet Brown in "National Velvet" which "skyrocketed Taylor to stardom at the tender age of 12"; 'A Place In the Sun' was another film highlighting her talent but even greater fame (and becoming the highest paid actress at the time) came when she signed a million dollar contract to play the title role in Cleopatra, perhaps her most famous known role; this was in 1963, in the middle her purple patch (the period 1956 - that saw the release of 'Giant', 'Cat On a Hot Tin Roof' in 1958 - through 1966 with 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?') when she had five Best Actress Oscar nominations and won two of them. Despite also being famous for her tumultuous marriages and "private" life it will be her acting, great beauty and Aids charity work for which she is remembered. R.I.P. Liz Taylor.