Florence Henderson, Carol Channing and More Comment on Elizabeth Taylor's Death

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Several friends and colleagues of Dame Elizabeth Taylor have reacted to the news of the Academy Award winner's death at the age of 79. Their thoughts follow.

Florence Henderson
Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson: "I was saddened 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."

Margaret O'Brien: "The world is saddened 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 immense 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."

Carol Channing: "I loved her.  She hosted a huge party when Hello, Dolly! first opened in Los Angeles.  I remember the lavender roses and the aura of the personality.  She said when you find the particular love of your life it is never forgotten.  We loved you too Elizabeth." 

Rip Taylor: “I was on Broadway with Sugar Babies simultaneously while Elizabeth was appearing in Little Foxes. We would meet occasionally after shows. I will never forget those eyes or that laugh.”

Esther Williams: “How very sad for us all. She was a marker of our time, my time. It seems like yesterday that I taught a beautiful 14 year old Elizabeth how to swim at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, more beautiful, more voluptuous than Miss America. I will miss her.”

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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