This is one Hollywood icon I wish I had met in person. I saw her, but never met her. To my mind, she was perhaps the most beautiful movie star ever.
Though I'm sure a case could be made for several others (Ava Gardner has often been declared the most beautiful, as have Sophia Loren, Marylin Monroe, Halle Berry, and others) on this day of her passing, my vote goes to Taylor.
And here's one of many YouTube video homages that can be used as evidence (though I regret the makers choice of objectifying title—"thing of beauty"—no matter how poetic the reference):
[PS: And I can think of dozens of scenes from movies that I remember her being even more spellbindingly beautiful in, but these certainly will do, as they also will for displaying how she was not only a great movie star and beauty, but a really good actress/movie star most of the time as well.]
[PPS: And I have to admit, watching that YouTube homage above saddened me deeply, although she had a rich full life and lived almost to eighty, still...I already miss her being alive in my world no matter how distant or removed.]