March 23, 2011 at 9:36 AM ET
Legend Elizabeth Taylor has died at age 79. With her amazing career as an actress, a glamour icon and AIDS activist (way before it was fashionable), it's easy to forget she was also a mom. She had four children and nine grandchildren. Her children were by her side when she died, NBC reported. Her death was announced by her oldest son, Michael Wilding:
"My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts."