What celebrities are saying about Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor testifying on Capitol Hill about AIDS research in 1991. Taylor is remembered as much for her activism as for her acting.

By Tom Comi

Sometimes it’s difficult to put into words the career of a screen icon like Elizabeth Taylor, so we’re not even going to try, other than to say how fortunate we were to have witnessed her great body of work.

Instead, we have decided to defer to the people who knew the two-time Oscar winner and AIDS activist best. So with a nod to Twitter and several news-gathering sources (such as Yahoo!), here is what folks are saying about the late, great Liz Taylor:

Elton John: “We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.”

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 …”

Jane Fonda: “I knew Elizabeth Taylor and I can tell you she was kind, brave, generous and loyal. I am sad.”

Magic Johnson: “Elizabeth, thank you for all your help in the battle for HIV and AIDS. You will be missed by the world.”

Marlee Matlin: “So VERY shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. A true Hollywood legend and humanitarian and friend.”

Joan Rivers: “Sad to hear of Elizabeth Taylor’s death. She was the 1st major celebrity to join me in the fight against AIDS when it wasn’t a popular cause.”

Whoopi Goldberg: “Today my friend Elizabeth Taylor passed away. Oddly, we all knew this day was coming but still her passing took my breath away. She was a funny, loud, joke tellin’, diamond loving, fantastic woman. She played a big role in shaping my life as Whoopi Goldberg. It really is the end of an era.”

Steve Martin: “I met Elizabeth Taylor several times. She was witty and self-deprecating, which I found surprising and delightful. She loved to laugh.”

Katie Couric: “She was an extraordinary humanitarian and did so much for AIDS awareness. Perhaps her greatest legacy.”

Kristie Alley: “Elizabeth … thank u for the lessons u taught me about life … suffering and joy … you are the BRIGHTEST STAR in the universe … eternal love.”