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."

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."

Kim Kardashian, who'd just had an interview with Taylor in Harper's Bazaar, wrote, "I am so saddened about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor! She will always be my idol!"

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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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. mike

    can they make a huge coffin to fit her????

    March 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shirley

    Ellizabeth was a beautiful person inside and out. She had the courage to live her convictions and love people. I remember her love for her children, husbands, friends, and animals. She was so generous to others. I will truly miss her. RIP Elizabeth!

    March 24, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Josh

    I will best remember her, for all her unyielding support of pedophiles like Michael Jackson.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. rolyat

    If not the most, one of the most stunningly beautiful woman God ever graced this planet with. Younger generations will only remember Liz as an older woman. And even in her later years,her beauty was amazing. But in the 50's 60's 70's 80's and 90's, she was truly, PERFECTION. But I will always remember her first and foremost for her great work for AMFAR. And what a great Mom she was.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. maggie

    Condolences to Dame Elzabeths family and friends and may she rest in peace.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. dave

    Ms Think and Jo...

    Re Hope Davis. Is it just me or is anyone else baffled that these 2 can't read....but are pretty quick to grab a calculator to try and figure out some simple math? I love those Americans. Natures "D" students......

    March 24, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    I fell in love with Elizabeth many years could you not be awestruck by her was truly world-class. But, she was also a terrific actress who absolutely made you focus on her. Her kindness and generosity was legendary...we have truly lost one of Hollywood's greatest stars and humanitarians. I know she's in Heaven looking down on all of us.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jo

    List of people praising her was over all very depressing. A few who really knew her, old school. Paris Hilton? Kim Kardashian? Perez Hilton? Alyssa Milano? Nice to see some of the older generation coming out for a tribute.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sue

    didnt she take alot of drugs and then lecture kids about the danger?? and went to rehab a few times? why are we praising her

    March 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne S.

      Just to get things straight Liz injured her back at a very early age. Just was in constant pain and the drugs the doctors prescribed she got hooked on. Living in constant pain is no fun. I don't think we should dwell on her personal life. She was one great lady and no one will replace her or hold a candle to her. And who are we to judge?, look in your own backyard before you judge people.

      March 24, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Vince

    I remember a quote that LIz made many years ago. She said, "People take great pleasure in building you up, but take even greater pleasure in tearing you down.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LIZ T

    Gosh she was an obese moo cow. I remember seeing her at MCdonalds eat 27 cheese burgers at one sitting.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • tm

      Oh, grow up. Idiotic comments like yours only make you look like a complete moron .... rude, but a moron none the less.

      March 24, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rock With You Horsegirl

    My favorite movie she was in was National Velvet.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rock With You Horsegirl

    I'm shocked. I hope that she knew the Lord. What I remember about her is that she was a good friend to Michael Jackson.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LadyinCO

    Thank you Liz for your great movies and humanitarian efforts. You are one of a kind and no one shall ever repeat this great beauty. You'll be greatly missed. RIP

    March 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kelly

    jealous??? no, dont think so... i never took away friends husbands nor have done drugs or alcohol like she abused. she had money from her husbands. her movies sucked

    March 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trudy

      umm Kelly I believe your confusing Miss Taylor with Lindsay Lohan??? drugs, alchohol, money,.. yep Lindsay Lohan.

      March 24, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Nila

      You're the same moron who wrote "cheeted", right? ha ha ha ha ha

      March 24, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  16. Barbara T.

    Dame Elizabeth, loved you in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, thank you for your devotion to film and Aids awareness.
    A star is shinning brightly in the heavens tonight...You will be missed.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Claudius

    The loss of Liz Taylor is tragic. Even more tragic is though that her passing is used by would-be celebrities to put their oar in. Shame on them.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  18. BRod

    A bunch of tweets from people who barely knew her, if at all. Goody.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sooner Dave

    A true inspiration ! RIP

    March 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Montana223

    Why is it necessary to post nasty comments about a human being who passed away? We need more civility and less hate. Rest in peace Ms. Taylor and thanks for the memories.

    March 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Cambob

    I think it was the Freddy Mercury Tribute concert when Liz went on stage to give a speech. At first she was heckled. Then, very eloquently she said "Shut up, I'm talking now." and the crowd roared with approval. For all her star power and glamour, she was a real person.

    March 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Me

    Everybody can screw up, one way or another, everybody! Not defending any of her "bad actions", but she did a lot of good,too. As for that "warm place" some of you refer to, well, hell is here on earth!

    March 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. erich555

    She did it her way.

    March 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Liz


    March 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. debbie

    I heard she stole many men from their wives in her day!!! whyis she soo great?? i dont think so.. back to other news

    March 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mike

    who cares?????????

    March 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • w.s.

      Coldness and the inability for compassion and empathy have no place in print. Her being a celebrity did not make her deserving of compassion and empathy from you. Her just being human did. So why did you bother to right anything at all?

      March 24, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  27. kelly

    Why is everyone praising this lady?? she was a major alcolholic and DRUG abuser! she also took away two men from their familys and married them! she cheeted on several married men in her past and big deal if sh was in some movies, she was a bithc

    March 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly KAN'T spell

      Deer Kelly. lurn tew spel befor u poste meen thigz. It wil make yu sound like les of an idiot.

      March 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • tm

      For all the wonderful things this lady did for others, through her charities and other acts of kindness, for you to bring up mistakes she made 40 years ago doesn't really say to much for you. But then, how many people have you helped in your miserable life? Eh, I didn't hear you ...................................

      March 24, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Nila

      "CHEETED". ha ha ha ha ha.

      March 24, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  28. Sandy Duncan

    Eye will miss her... .

    March 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. john


    March 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jersey Dude

    For someone who knew too much heartache and sadness in her life, she taught us all how to rise above it and to carry ourselves with grace and dignity. Rest in Peace Ms. Taylor....and thank you.

    March 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  31. NATE

    I member when she switched over from the silent movies to talkies. We didnt think she would be able to make the change but she did ok for herself. Her being a black woman that could pass for white helped out in those days. She wa s peach. We will miss her.

    March 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • tm

      Are you completely insane or just an ignorant, rude thing passing for a human being?

      March 24, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Lianne Drager

      You're thinking of Lena Horne you toad, Elizabeth Taylor was not black, geez!!!

      March 24, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  32. Van Hagar

    Didnt she date Snoop Dog back in the day ?

    March 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  33. TED

    I thought she passed away 20 years ago. Hw old was she really? 200?

    March 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • To Ted

      One day, when you're all grown up, you'll look back, and it will hit you... "I'm a tool!"

      March 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |

    Not many people live to be as old as her. She was elderly like 40 or 50 years ago. It is a shame she is gone but she did have a long full life.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Thing

      Um, you're saying 40 is elderly? Jeesh.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      40 years ago she was 39. 50 years ago she was 29. Since when did that become elderly? You are obviously - what - 12?

      March 24, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  35. kathy

    Elizabeth Taylor was so loyal to Michael Jackson, through all his tribulations, by evil people.
    May they both now rest.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Courtney

    The sun is shining so bright today. The reason-GOD has welcomed in an ANGEL!!!! R.I.P Ms. Taylor. You were such a special person. There are not enough good words in the dictionary to describe you. Your light will shine always.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  37. KLW

    Dame Elizabeth,
    You spoke out against AIDS when it was still taboo to do so, you were loyal to your friends, and a beautiful woman to boot. There's no doubt who you are sitting next to now, and it's well deserved. R.I.P.

    March 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Head Diva In Charge

    I am actually pretty surprised anyone would get on this blog and write something so stupid and negative.

    RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

    March 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Trinigirl

    Liz Taylor was beautiful, inside and out. Rest in Peace Ms. Taylor.

    March 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Rest In Peace

    You did well, that much can be said. Rest in Peace, Liz.

    March 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miss Gail

      Liz will truely be missed.
      I so enjoyed her movies.
      Another MOVIE STAR has left us
      with so many memories.

      March 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |

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