The World and the Broadway community mourns the loss of ELIZABETH TAYLOR, legendary screen and stage star, humanitarian, and business woman, who died 1:28AM, Wednesday March 23 at the age of 79 in Los Angeles. Her publicist said Tayor went peacfully surrounded by her four children. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight Friday, March 25th, at exactly 8:00pm for one minute.
She was a one of kind original, the likes of which we will never see again, becasue the mold was broken when God created Elizabeth Taylor. Anyone whoever met the legend will attest to her dazzling impact – not only was she an astounding beauty, but her generosity of spirit and raucous sense of humor combined with her keen intelligence, grace and beauty made her unforgettable. She was indeed The Last Star and the world will be a sadder place without her presence.
Paul Libin, Chairman of The Broadway League and Executive Vice President of Jujamcyn Theaters, commented, "With her remarkable talent and extraordinary beauty, Elizabeth Taylor lit up the Broadway stage the same way she lit up the silver screen. Off stage, her tireless commitment to fighting AIDS as a co-founder of amfAR and founder of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation added yet another meaningful role to the story of her life. Our thoughts go out to her friends, family, and fans … all of those who loved her."
Taylor appeared on Broadway in the revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes for which she was nominated for the 1981 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She was also nominated for the 1981 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for The Little Foxes and took home the 1981 Theatre World Special Award. Taylor graced Broadway again in 1983 as producer and star of Noel Coward’s Private Lives opposite her former husband, Richard Burton. She also was the lead producer on The Corn is Green that same year.
The World renonwed two-time Oscar-winning actress ("Butterfield 8" and "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wloof?" was an icon for glamour and beauty in Hollywood, but also brought life to stage classics such as Tennessee William’s "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Suddenly Last Sumer," and "Sweet Bird of Youth" through film with her intelligent acting and emotional depth. Her career lasted more than 70 years, with over 50 films and several stage appearances.
When her acting career dimmed, she used her star-power to bring much needed attention to AIDS and co-founded AmFar in the early 1980’s. She also became a savvy business woman making millions of dollars by becoming the first celebrity to launch her own scent, an entrie line for men and women, which remains a top grosser today. .
Among her many honors,she was given a third Oscar for her humanitarian efforts in the fight against HIV-AIDS and in 1999 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She was also given the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for contributions to the arts.
She helped raise more than a 100 million dollars in the fight against HIV-AIDS. In memory of her please make donations to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Taylor is survived by four children, a brother and nine grandchildren. She was buried at private ceremony in Los Angeles yesterday.