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OTRC: Celeb statements on Elizabeth Taylor's death

Elizabeth Taylor appears in a still from her 1963 film, 'Cleopatra.' (Twentieth Century Fox)

Since Elizabeth Taylor's death on Wednesday morning, at the age of 79, her loved ones have spoken nothing but kind words about the legendary actress.

At the time of her death, Taylor was in Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital, surrounded by her children Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton.

Below are some of their statements:

Elton John

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

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."

Reality star Kim Kardashian, who interviewed Taylor for Harper's Bazaar magazine earlier this year

"I am so saddened about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor! She will always be my idol!"

Actress Debbie Reynolds

"It was a long productive career and she was the most glamorous and sexual star of our generation. No one else could equal Elizabeth's beauty and sexuality. Women liked her and men adored her and her love for her children is enduring. She was a symbol of stardom. Her legacy will last."

Actor Martin Landau

"It's a terrible loss. A unique talent and a singularly spectacular individual."

Actress 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."

Actor Rip Taylor

"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."

Actress 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."

Taylor's son Michael Wilding

"My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts."

British director Michael Winner

"Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the great glamour stars. She was the longest-running soap opera in history, and represented all the allure and tragedy that attracts people to Hollywood."

Singer George Michael (via Twitter)

"Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantastically charming woman."

Jackie Jackson of the Jackson 5 (via Twitter)

"Rest in peace Elizabeth thank you for all the wonderful memories I know you've only left the physical world and that you live on forever."

Basketball player Magic Johnson (via Twitter)

"Elizabeth, thank you for all your help in the battle for HIV and AIDS. You will be missed by the world."

Nancy Reagan

"Taylor was a dear friend. 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. She was truly a legend and we will miss her."

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

"She leaves a monumental legacy that has improved and extended millions of lives and will enrich countless more for generations to come."

Comedian Joan Rivers

"Sad to hear of Elizabeth Taylor's death. She was the 1st major celebrity to join me in the fight against AIDS when it wasn't a popular cause."

Designer Elizabeth Emanuel

"She was the most amazing woman. When she walked into a room, she just had the most amazing presence about her. She was just incredible."

Actress Angela Lansbury

"Elizabeth and I began our careers about the same time at MGM. Throughout her tumultuous life, she will be remembered for some unique and memorable work. And she will be ever remembered and appreciated for her forthright support of AMFAR."

Actress Kirstie Alley

"'Elizabeth...thank u for the lessons u taught me about life..suffering and Joy....you are the BRIGHTEST STAR in the universe..Eternal love."

Singer LeAnn Rimes

"RIP Elizabeth Taylor. It's so amazing how someone has left such a legacy that will forever live on. I am really, truly saddened this morning."

Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America

"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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