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Former Virginia Sen. John Warner recalled his former wife Elizabeth Taylor in an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

“We were friends to the end,” he said, calling her his partner as he waged an unexpected campaign to win a United States Senate seat in Virginia in 1978.

“I remember her as a woman whose heart and soul were just as beautiful as her classic face and majestic eyes,” he said.

Taylor was not fond of the role as political wife, and they divorced in 1982.

But Warner said that they would stay in touch, and she would call upon him to support funding for AIDS research and prevention. “I remember she used to check on my votes — you bet I was there. She would say, ‘That vote is coming up, and I would say, ‘I am with you.'”

“We talked from time to time, and she always ended up a conversation with a good old stiff British upper lip: Stay calm and carry on. That she did.”

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