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Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Martin Landau

March 23, 2011 | 12:33 pm

Martin 
Martin Landau, who worked with Elizabeth Taylor on 1963's "Cleopatra," remembered the actress in a statement Wednesday:

"It's a terrible loss. A unique talent and a singularly spectacular individual."

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Photo: Martin Landau worked with Taylor in "Cleopatra." Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Chris Dodd

March 23, 2011 | 12:30 pm

Dodd 
Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, paid tribute to Elizabeth Taylor in a statement Wednesday:

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Elizabeth Taylor. Her artistic contribution to the motion picture industry is immeasurable. In a career spanning more than 70 years and 50 films, her talent endured the test of time and transcended generations of moviegoers. She truly was an American icon, whose legacy went far beyond her acting skills, most notably in her efforts to lead the battle against HIV/AIDS. Our thoughts are with her family and her many friends and fans during this difficult time."

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Photo: MPAA's Chris Dodd. Credit: Jessica Hill / Associated Press


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Barbra Streisand

March 23, 2011 | 12:26 pm

Barbra 
Actress, singer, director and songwriter Barbra Streisand recalled Elizabeth Taylor Wednesday in a statement:

"It's the end of an era. It wasn't just her beauty or her stardom. It was her humanitarianism. She put a face on HIV/AIDS. She was funny. She was generous. She made her life count."

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Photo: Barbra Streisand. Crediot: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Robert Forster

March 23, 2011 | 11:58 am

Forester 

Robert Forster, who earned an Oscar nomination for 1997's "Jackie Brown," made his film debut opposite Elizabeth Taylor in the 1967 melodrama "Reflections in a Golden Eye." He talked about his experiences working with Taylor on Wednesday morning.

"She was warm and generous. I felt accepted and I had done nothing before. I felt hurt in the heart [when I heard the news]. She was an icon then and she is an icon now. She never stopped being one."

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-- Susan King

Photo: Robert Forster appeared with Taylor in "Reflections in a Golden Eye." Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Shirley MacLaine

March 23, 2011 | 11:51 am

Broads 

Shirley MacLaine, who had been a friend of Elizabeth Taylor's for more than 50 years and appeared with her in the 2001 TV movie "These Old Broads," recalled the actress in a statement Wednesday morning:

"I don't know what was more impressive, her magnitude as a star or her magnitude as a friend. Her talent for friendship was unmatched. I will miss her for the rest of my life and beyond."

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— Susan King

Photo: Clockwise from lower left, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in the 2001 TV movie "These Old Broads." Photo: Timothy White/Credit: ABC.


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Mike Nichols

March 23, 2011 | 11:47 am

Mike 
Mike Nichols made his feature directorial debut with 1966's classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" for which Elizabeth Taylor received her second best actress Oscar as the frumpy, vulgar Martha. Nichols remembered Taylor in a statement Wednesday morning:

"The shock of Elizabeth was not only her beauty. It was her generosity. Her giant laugh. Her vitality, whether tackling a complex scene on film or where we would all have dinner until dawn. She is singular and indelible on film and in our hearts."

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--Susan King

Photo: Mike Nichols directed Taylor in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Credit: Jennifer S. Altman/For the Times


Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Eva Marie Saint

March 23, 2011 | 11:17 am

 

Evamarie 
Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, who appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in 1957's "Raintree County" and 1965's "The Sandpiper," remembered the actress in a statement Wednesday morning.

"I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Elizabeth Taylor. I have wonderful memories of working together with her in 'Raintree County" and 'The Sandpiper.' She was an incredible talent, and yes, she had those unforgettable eyes. I greatly admire her humanitarian efforts, which have touched so many lives. Elizabeth was a very dear, generous and loving lady."

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-- Susan King

Photo: Eva Marie Saint appeared in two movies with Elizabeth Taylor. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


Five Elizabeth Taylor performances we'll never forget

March 23, 2011 | 10:16 am

Elizabeth Taylor

The legendary Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday morning of congestive heart failure at the age of 79, grew up and matured as a woman and an actress before the eyes of worldwide audiences. One of the few actresses to win two Academy Awards, she gave memorable performances in countless movies over the decades.

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Here's a look at five of her best:

 

"National Velvet": Taylor was all of 11 when she played Velvet Brown in the 1944 Technicolor classic about a British farm girl who rides her horse "The Pie" in England's Grand National Race. The velvet-eyed Taylor is charming and delightful in the film. She was also given the horse who played "The Pie."

"A Place in the Sun": She was all of 19 when she was loaned out from MGM to Paramount to star in George Stevens' haunting 1951 version of Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy." She played Angela Vickers, a beautiful heiress who falls in love with the ill-fated George Eastman (Montgomery Clift). Their first screen kiss is still remarkably erotic.

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Elizabeth Taylor, a star on screen and off, dies at 79

March 23, 2011 |  8:48 am

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The death of Elizabeth Taylor on Wednesday morning at the age of 79 in Los Angeles was, in addition to being a loss for acting and moviedom, a reminder of how celebrity and talent can merge in the best and most interesting ways.

A British-born child star, Taylor went on to carry dozens of films during Hollywood's Golden Age, including award-winning dramas such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (which won her the second of two Oscars) and astounding flops ("Cleopatra," in which she costarred with Richard Burton, who would later become her husband), with her last turn on the big screen coming in "The Flintsones" in 1994.

She played Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and Catherine in "Suddenly, Last Summer," the man-seducing Gloria Wandrous in "Butterfield 8" and Rock Hudson's wife in "Giant," in roles as diverse as they were memorable (please write in with your favorite).

But her personal life may have been the best drama of all, with numerous marriages, activist causes, addictions and other stuff of off-screen legend. (You can read The Times' obituary here and Kenneth Turan's tribute here.)

PHOTOS: Highlights from Elizabeth Taylor's movie career.

What's most striking, though, is how the personal and professional managed to coexist. We live in an era when great actresses like Meryl Streep lead comparatively staid lives and off-screen personae such as Kim Kardashian are hardly great actresses. But Taylor evoked no contradiction between talent and tabloid. Her off-screen exploits may have overshadowed her onscreen presence, but they never detracted from it.

In fact, just when it seemed she was getting famous for something other than movie roles, she would offer up a surprise -- soon after she divorced Eddie Fisher in the mid-1960s, for instance, she returned with her Oscar-winning performance in "Woolf."

Speaking of those tabloid exploits, when all was said and done, she had been through eight marriages and seven divorces, which seems far better than the inverse. R.I.P., Elizabeth Taylor.

-- Steven Zeitchik

twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

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 Photo: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in "Cleopatra." Credit: Fred Prouser/Reuters

 


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