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Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Sharon Stone

March 23, 2011 |  2:16 pm

Sharon Stone remembers Elizabeth Taylor

Actress Sharon Stone remembers her friend Elizabeth Taylor as an "illuminator." Taylor died Wednesday at age 79 of congestive heart failure after being hospitalized since February.

"She put human faces on issues. With her soft voice coming from that tiny frame, she held forth the giant purpose of the true meaning of love; that we are all equally valuable," Stone said in a statement Wednesday.

Taylor and the 53-year-old "Basic Instinct" actress worked together for a number of years on the Macy's Passport Gala to benefit HIV/AIDS.

"With one simple movement, pulling her ever-famous jewels from that beautiful face, she opened the hearts of the world not just to the condition of HIV/AIDS as she had intended but ultimately to human rights as a whole.  She stood in her grace and candor and simply said the truth; that we are one, a world that must understand and accept itself. 

"The world will not be without Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the world is becoming as she envisioned it; freer, and therefore she is not gone," Stone added.


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Photo: Sharon Stone at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press