Hollywood’s veteran actor Elizabeth Taylor’s death on March 23 left her friends and fans mourning. Taylor, who was being treated in a hospital in Los Angeles, died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. She is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all of whom were with her when she passed away.
“No one is going to play Elizabeth Taylor, but Elizabeth Taylor herself,” was one of the last few tweets the veteran actor posted on her Twitter page.
“I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else,” Taylor told Harper’s Bazaar in her last interview.
While many celebrities took to micro-blogging site Twitter after her death was confirmed, TV personality Joy Behar of “The View” paid tribute to Liz Taylor in “The Joy Behar Show”. The host invited Debbie Reynolds, whose husband Eddie Fisher left her and two-year-old daughter Carrie Fisher to marry Taylor. Behar shared excerpts of the interview on her Twitter page.
“Just did an interview with Debbie Reynolds to air tonight. Debbie said Elizabeth Taylor was ‘the most glamorous, sexual star of our generation’, women liked her and the men adored her. I know because my husband left me for her,” wrote Behar.
Taylor’s one-time step-daughter Carrie told People magazine: “She was a remarkable woman who led her life to the fullest rather than complacently following others.” Carrie, 54, was all praise for Taylor calling her a “devoted mother”. “She will be missed but never forgotten,” Carrie added.
Here’s what some of the celebrities wrote on Taylor’s death:
If my father had to divorce my mother for anyone, I’m so grateful that it was Elizabeth.
I met Elizabeth Taylor several times. She was witty and self-deprecating, which I found surprising and delightful. She loved to laugh.
Such a sad day, Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantastically charming woman.
The world has lost a truly iconic beauty, inside and out. Elizabeth Taylor will be deeply missed.
And another sad moment! Elizabeth Taylor passes away! God’s creation in abundance … now reduced to dust! The way for all someday.
Landed back in Mumbai to the sad news that Elizabeth Taylor passed on. Rest in peace. One of the most beautiful women ever!
Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor. She was such an incredible woman inside and out and an inspiration to me!
Elizabeth Taylor was a great friend, a great star and one gutsy woman. She was so special. You won’t see the likes of her again.
So sad to hear about Elizabeth Taylor. She was so beautiful, such an inspiration and an icon.
Rest in peace Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Like a pure white diamond you’ll shine on and on and on.
Elizabeth Taylor — an incomparable legend who will live forever.
She was one of a kind and one of my greatest inspirations … May she rest in peace.
Some people never die. They are larger than life. Elizabeth Taylor will live forever … in our memories.
Neil Nitin Mukesh
Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor! True beauty! Great lady with super courage. A fighter!
Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor … the original sex symbol passes away.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2011.
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