March 23, 2011 / 5:40 PM / in 8 years

FACTBOX - Reactions to death of Elizabeth Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elizabeth Taylor, a two-time Oscar winner and one of Hollywood’s most glamorous superstars, died on Wednesday at the age of 79.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor gestures as she speaks during Macy's Passport fashion show in Santa Monica, California September 27, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files

Here are some reactions to the death of the actress, who starred in about 55 films and six television movies, was married eight times and later in life raised large sums for AIDS research.

SINGER ELTON JOHN

“We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.”

ACTOR MICHAEL CAINE

“So sad to hear about my beautiful friend Elizabeth Taylor, she was a great human being.”

SINGER GEORGE MICHAEL

“Hi everyone....such a sad day, Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantastically charming woman.

“She was also the only person I’ve ever met that had violet eyes. They were genuinely violet. So beautiful.”

ACTOR STEVE MARTIN

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

SINGER KYLIE MINOGUE

“RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor ... Like a pure white diamond you’ll shine on and on and on.”

THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR AIDS RESEARCH

“Dame Elizabeth was without doubt one of the most inspirational figures in the fight against AIDS. She was among the first to speak out on behalf of people living with HIV when others reacted with fear and often outright hostility. For 25 years, Dame Elizabeth has been a passionate advocate of AIDS research, treatment and care.”

JARRETT BARRIOS, GAY & LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DEFAMATION

“At a time when so many living with HIV/AIDS were invisible, Dame Taylor fearlessly raised her voice to speak out against injustice. Dame Taylor was an icon not only in Hollywood, but in the LGBT community where she worked to ensure that everyone was treated with the respect and dignity we all deserve.”

NICK PARTRIDGE OF UK AIDS GROUP TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST

“Dame Elizabeth Taylor was the first major star to publicly fight fear and prejudice towards AIDS and she did it with reason and compassion. It’s easy to forget just how much fear there was 25 years ago and how big a star she was. In a way that was typical of her, she used her fame to lever millions of pounds to support and change attitudes towards people with HIV. She was the pattern card of how stars can use their celebrity for good.”

E. SCOTT BEATTIE, CEO OF ELIZABETH ARDEN

“Her sense of humor, passion for life, never-ending dedication and generosity of spirit will be remembered by all of us. She will be deeply missed.”

Reporting by Christine Kearney and Mike Collett-White; editing by John Whitesides

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