March 23rd, 2011
12:15 PM ET
As Elizabeth Taylor's family prepares for a private funeral to be held later this week, fans and friends all paused to pay respects to the legendary actress and humanitarian, who died Wednesday at the age of 79.
"RIP Elizabeth Taylor," the titles of her films "National Velvet" and "Cleopatra," and the name of her iconic fragrance "White Diamonds," all immediately surfaced on Twitter as word spread that the Oscar winner had passed. "RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor.....Like a pure white diamond you'll shine on and on and on," wrote singer and actress Kylie Minogue.
"RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor, surely the last of a breed," actor and writer Stephen Fry tweeted, a sentiment Questlove of the Roots seconded. "Man. End of an era," the musician wrote. "Liz has gone to keep MJ company. RIP."
Said the late King of Pop's sister LaToya Jackson in a statement, “Liz Taylor was an amazing woman and screen legend, she was an incredible friend to my brother at his side through some of his most difficult times and of course loved by his children and our family. She will live on in our hearts forever, my prayers go out to her family.”
Madonna said in a statement, “I am so sorry to hear that this great legend has passed. I admired and respected her not only as an actress but for her amazing and inspiring work as an AIDS activist. She was one of a kind."
Roseanne Cash, daughter of famed musician Johnny Cash, revealed on Twitter, "Every year Elizabeth Taylor sent my dad a telegram (yes, telegram) for his birthday. It said: 'Remember, I'm younger than you!'" But it was only by one day, Cash noted.
And of course, no one can remember Taylor without acknowledging her breathtaking beauty. "The world has lost a truly iconic beauty, inside and out," Victoria Beckham tweeted. "Elizabeth Taylor will be deeply missed." Fashion designer Michael Kors wrote, "So sad to hear about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor. Beauty, kindness, glamour, and humor with talent to spare...what an amazing loss."
But for Steve Martin, much like for Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters, it was Taylor's sense of humor that he adored. "I met Elizabeth Taylor several times," the entertainer tweeted."She was witty and self-deprecating, which I found surprising and delightful. She loved to laugh."
In the interview, Kardashian asked Taylor how to become more like her, noting that she was about six husbands and some eye-catching baubles behind. Taylor advised her, "Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come."
But as heralded as Taylor was for her remarkable beauty and talent, it was her work put in off-screen that many are remembering.
"Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor," tweeted Alyssa Milano. "You are a prism & will live on through all the good you did while you were with us."
Paris Hilton - great-niece of the first former Taylor hubby Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr. - called the one-time couple "stunning."
"So sad to hear about Elizabeth Taylor. She was so beautiful, such an inspiration and an icon," Hilton wrote. "She was an amazing humanitarian and brought smiles to everyone around the world. She was always so sweet to me and I will really miss her. "
TV personality Mo Rocca also weighed in: "Crazy mad acting talent + jaw dropping beauty + pure sex = Elizabeth Taylor...Sorry, today's simpering starlets don't compare...Hoping tired recitation of Elizabeth Taylor's marriages doesn't overshadow huge acting talent & unblinking courage speaking out about AIDS."
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton also chimed in, thanking Taylor for her humanitarian efforts with a link to the website for her AIDS foundation.
"R.I.P. Dame Elizabeth," he wrote. "Thank you for all the good you have done in this world!"
Adds Larry King, "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..."
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