Nancy Reagan: “I knew her from our days together at MGM when she was just a teenager, and I watched her grow into one of Hollywood’s finest actresses. She was passionate — and compassionate — about everything in her life, including her family, her friends, and especially the victims of the AIDS.”

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MPAA’s Christopher Dodd: “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.”

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Nancy Pelosi, via Twitter: “Her work on HIV & AIDS, esp when others stayed silent, saved lives.”

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Barbra Streisand: “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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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): “California has lost a great star today. Elizabeth Taylor in ‘National Velvet’ inspired my childhood love of horses.”

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Shirley MacLaine: “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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Mike Nichols (who directed her in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”): “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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Mickey Rooney: “Our loss in the motion picture business with Elizabeth Taylor’s passing is momentous. She was a lady who gave of herself to everyone. I know I consider it a great personal loss.”

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Martin Landau (who appeared in “Cleopatra”): ” A unique talent and a singularly spectacular individual.”

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Elton John: Founder Elton John, Chairman David Furnish, and the Board of Directors and staff of the Elton John AIDS Foundation deeply mourn the death of legendary film actress and HIV/AIDS activist and humanitarian Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Sir Elton John stated, “She earned our adoration for her stunning beauty and for being the very essence of glamorous movie stardom. And she earned our enduring love and respect for her compassion and her courage in standing up and speaking out about AIDS when others preferred to bury their heads in the sand.”

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Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation: “She was a singular champion for AIDS activism. She did it before it was fashionable. She spoke truth to power on a variety of issues, including chiding President Reagan for not saying the word AIDS and not funding work on AIDS. Her organization had no overhead, and it helped fund AHF and other organizations in Los Angeles. For her to say something and show compassion, changed the game.”

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Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center: “Elizabeth Taylor , who was a great admirer of Simon Wiesenthal , narrated our first documentary film, ‘Genocide, the story of the Holocaust,’ which won the Academy Award in 1981,” said Rabbi Hier. “Elizabeth is known throughout the world as an Academy Award winning actress, but what is less known is her devotion to philanthropic causes and in 1980, she received the Center’s highest honor, its Humanitarian Award.”

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La Toya Jackson: “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.”

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George Hamilton: “The whole world has been in love with Elizabeth Taylor and I was fortunate enough to be one of them.”

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Barry Manilow: “Elizabeth was the last great movie star. And a great human being. What I’ll always remember about Elizabeth was her laugh. She would walk into a room looking like a princess and suddenly there would be this cackle that filled the room that would crack us all up.”

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Florence Henderson: “I was sadden to hear about Elizabeth Taylor. Like so many, I grew up with her. As a poor child, her movies like ‘Lassie’ and ‘National Velvet’ gave me hope. I had the good fortune to meet Elizabeth and though she was just a lovely person.”

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Margaret O’Brien: “The world is sadden today, but it is a very personal saddness for me, due to our 60+ years of friendship. We will all remain forever in debt to Elizabeth for her emence contributions as an actress, the efforts to fight AIDS and the countless charities she gave to so selflessly. Life loved Elizabeth and and Elizabeth loved life.”

Related:

Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79
Elizabeth Taylor: Milestones
Elizabeth Taylor emerged as activist
Elizabeth Taylor Remembered: Photo gallery

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