Barbara Walters on Taylor: She really lived
March 23rd, 2011
12:36 PM ET

Barbara Walters on Taylor: She really lived

On "The View" today, Barbara Walters, who had a number of interviews with Elizabeth Taylor, opened the show with a few clips from their conversations to honor the Oscar winner, who died on Wednesday at the age of 79.

One in particular, from 1999, showcased Taylor's trademark humor. Walters inquired what the actress wanted on her tombstone, to which she responded, "Here lies Liz. She lived. Wait, no...Here lies Elizabeth. She hated being called Liz. But she lived," she said with a laugh.

"She had a sense of humor so bawdy that I’d say 'really, did that just come out of your mouth?'" "The View's" Whoopi Goldberg recalled. "She was a great broad and a great friend."

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March 23rd, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Celebrities remember Elizabeth Taylor

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."

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Elton John on Dame Taylor: We've lost a Hollywood giant
March 23rd, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Elton John on Dame Taylor: We've lost a Hollywood giant

As Elizabeth Taylor's family prepares for a private funeral to be held later this week, friends and fans all paused to pay respects to the legendary actress and humanitarian, who died Wednesday at the age of 79.

Elton John, who was close friends with Taylor, released the following statement:

“We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.”

Both John and Taylor have been tireless advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness, and many have noted that her humanitarian work will be remembered just as much as  her Oscar winning screen presence.

Taylor's family requested in a statement that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

What are your memories of Elizabeth Taylor? Share with an iReport or in the comments below.


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