Elizabeth Taylor starred in 'Courage of Lassie' in 1946. Ms. Taylor passed away on March 23, 2011. She leaves behind a legacy of a breathtaking Hollywood career spanning decades and more than 50 films, and years of tireless fundraising for AIDS research. Wenn/Newscom/File
Elizabeth Taylor played Velvet Brown in 'National Velvet' in 1944, the film that launched her to stardom. Wenn/Newscom/File
Elizabeth Taylor starred in 'Father of the Bride' in 1950. In real life she was married eight times.
Elizabeth Taylor appears in a scene from 'A Place in the Sun' in 1951. Wenn/Newscom/File
Elizabeth Taylor holds her son, Michael Howard Wilding, whom she had with English actor Michael Wilding in 1953. Ms. Taylor had four children (one of whom was adopted) and nine grandchildren. AP/File
Elizabeth Taylor starred in 'Giant' in 1956. Wenn/Newscom/File
The winsome Elizabeth Taylor poses for a publicity photograph in 1950. Wenn/Newscom/File
Elizabeth Taylor starred in 'Suddenly, Last Summer,' in 1958. Wenn/Newscom/File
Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman and are shown in this publicity photograph from their 1958 film 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.' Reuters/File
Elizabeth Taylor holds her Oscar for 'Butterfield 8' at the 1961 Academy Awards. She also won a Best Actress Oscar for 'Who's Afraid of Viriginia Woolf?' in 1967.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton met on the set of 'Cleopatra' in 1961 and married twice before getting divorced for the second and final time. Wenn/Newscom/File
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton appear in a scene from the 1966 film 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' The movie was likened to their tempestuous relationship. Warner Bros./AP/File
Elizabeth Taylor stars in 'The Blue Bird' (1976) with Patsy Kensit and Todd Lookinland. Wenn/Newscom/File
Elizabeth Taylor and her good friend Michael Jackson attend the Michael Jackson 30th anniversary concert celebration in New York in 2001. Mitch Gerber/Star Max, Inc./Newscom/File
This lovely portrait of Elizabeth Taylor was taken in 1948. Clarence Sinclair Bull/Newscom/File
Elizabeth Taylor arrives for a play in Los Angeles in 2007. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/File
An advertisement for one of Elizabeth Taylor's signature fragrances. Her alluring violet eyes are the stuff of Hollywood legend. PRNewsFoto/File
Today's announcement of restored diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US comes after five decades of antagonism, including the 54-year-old US trade embargo against the Communist island. The Christian Science Monitor covered the embargo from the start.
ByBertram B. Johansson, Latin America Writer
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Today, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic ties after five decades of antagonism. The US has maintained a trade embargo against Cuba since Oct. 19, 1960. Below is The Christian Science Monitor's story from that day.