How you think of Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday of heart failure at 79, depends largely on your age. Younger fans might remember her as the tabloid creature whose fluctuating health was breathlessly chronicled throughout the last three decades of her life. Others may think of the gossip-rag queen who made headlines for stealing Eddie Fisher from America's sweetheart Debbie Reynolds, her eight marriages, and her tempestuous romance with (and double marriage to) Richard Burton.

If either of those descriptions fits you, though, that's a shame. Because for those who came of age in the '50s and '60s, Elizabeth Taylor was one of Hollywood's most luminous talents, one whose beauty dazzled moviegoers and who had the dramatic skills to match. Wanna talk about clout? Her diva-like behavior on the set of 1963's 'Cleopatra' postponed that epic production and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox.

But frankly, we wouldn't have cared about any of that had she not had the beauty and the talent to begin with. So, ultimately it's what she left on the screen that matters. Here are 10 of Elizabeth Taylor's best movies -- 10 reasons that clinch her place as a show business immortal.

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National Velvet
In Theaters on August 10, 2001

When Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor), an equine-loving 12-year-old living in rural Sussex, becomes the... Read More

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Movie Poster
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
In Theaters on June 22, 1966

History professor George (Richard Burton) and his boozy wife, Martha (Elizabeth Taylor), return late... Read More

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Butterfield 8
In Theaters on January 25, 2002

A Manhattan call girl (Elizabeth Taylor) has a tragic affair with a rich married man (Laurence Harvey). Read More

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Father of the Bride
In Theaters on May 2, 2004

When beautiful Kay Banks (Elizabeth Taylor) announces her engagement to Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor),... Read More

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Little Women
In Theaters on 1949

The March sisters -- Meg (Janet Leigh), Jo (June Allyson), Beth (Margaret O'Brien) and Amy (Elizabeth... Read More

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
In Theaters on 1958

After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star... Read More

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A Place in the Sun
In Theaters on 1951

In this classic version of Theodore Dreiser's novel "An American Tragedy," George Eastman (Montgomery... Read More

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Suddenly, Last Summer
In Theaters on 1959

In this adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play, young socialite Catherine Holly (Elizabeth Taylor) is... Read More

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The Taming of the Shrew
In Theaters on 1967

In this film adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, Grumio (Cyril Cusack) and Hortensio (Victor... Read More