Elizabeth Taylor's former rival, actress Debbie Reynolds, says she is glad the Hollywood legend is out of her pain and adds that she is "in a better place."
Taylor died on Wednesday, March 23, at age 79 after being hospitalized for congestive heart failure. Throughout her life, the actress had seven husbands, including Eddie Fisher, who was previously married to Reynolds.
"We were friends since we were 17," Reynolds, 78, told the television show "Access Hollywood about Taylor." "Elizabeth was always a young, great star. We had a lot of fun together. I was at her wedding with Mike Todd and went through all her different turbulent times and even gave her my husband for goodness sake!""God bless her, she's on to a better place," Reynolds added. "I'm happy that she's out of her pain because she was in a lot of pain and so this is a blessing in disguise but she's in Heaven."
She told "Access Hollywood" that she last spoke to Taylor two weeks ago.
"I said, 'Getting old is really (expletive),'" Reynolds said. "And she said, 'It certainly is. It certainly is, Debbie.' I said, 'You just hang in there, now, Elizabeth.' She said, 'I'm really trying, I'm really trying.'"
Reynolds had said in a statement following Taylor's death: "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."
Reynolds starred in classic films such as "Singin' in the Rain" in 1952 and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in 1964. She also played Bobbi Adler on the comedy series "Will & Grace" and voiced Nana Possible on the animated series "Kim Possible" several years ago.
She and Fisher, who died last year at age 82, have a son, Todd Fisher, and daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher.