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Elizabeth Taylor, one of the last giants of the golden age Hollywood star system, has passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in California, ABC News confirms.

The actress captivated the world in a six-decade career that was as notable for her private life and extravagant tastes in husbands and jewels as it was for her remarkable films. Taylor's off-screen style mirrored her personal life in that it spanned highs and lows, but she was at the height of her style in the '60s, when she had come into her own after becoming a mother and scoring two Oscar wins. And always, there were those mesmerizing, violet-colored eyes.

PopEater reports that the actress died from congestive heart failure at the age of 79. In a statement, her son Michael Wilding said, "We will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world."

Along with Michael, Taylor's other children Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton were by her side at the hospital, her publicist Sally Morrison said. The 'Cleopatra' star was hospitalized last month for heart failure, and also underwent heart surgery in 2009.

Taylor was only 12 in 1944 when she became famous for starring in "National Velvet," and became a bona fide movie star with "Giant" in 1956.

She married eight times -- twice to Richard Burton. A biography of that relationship, 'Furious Love,' was published last year.

"Elizabeth Taylor has always had a fascination for the public," co-author Nancy Schoenberger said. "It's been decades since she's been in a film and she really doesn't make public appearances or give interviews anymore, but because a generation before ours grew up with her as a child actress, she's part of our DNA by now."

Lifelong pal Liza Minnelli said in a statement released to StyleList: "She was a true star, because she not only had beauty and notoriety; Elizabeth Taylor had talent. As a friend she was always, always there for me. I'll miss her for the rest of my life, but I was so lucky to have known her."

In a recent Harper's Bazaar interview Taylor spoke about her many husbands, jewels and philanthropic work.

"I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands," Taylor told her interviewer, Kim Kardashian.

"For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else. I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS."