Broadway’s lights will darken on Friday in tribute to actress Elizabeth Taylor, who died in Los Angeles aged 79 on Wednesday.Actress Elizabeth Taylor was given a small private funeral service in the Los Angeles area on Thursday, a day after she died of congestive heart failure, police said.The Oscar-winning actress, 79, was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, outside Los Angeles — the same place where her close friend, singer Michael Jackson, was buried in 2009. Glendale police spokesperson Tom Lorenz told media waiting outside the cemetery that the service was for family only, with about three dozen people attending.
Taylor, who married eight times, is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Taylor was was a prominent activist for AIDS victims and raised millions of dollars for research into the disease.
“The Broadway community mourns the loss of Elizabeth Taylor, legendary stage and screen star,” The Broadway League said in a statement.In Taylor’s honour, Broadway’s theatre marquees will be dimmed at exactly 8pm, the traditional curtain time for shows, for one minute. The actress, best known for her starring roles in Hollywood and Europe during the 1950s and 1960s, appeared on Broadway in a revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, for which she won rave reviews and a Tony award nomination.
Taylor returned in 1983 as producer and star of Noel Coward’s Private Livesopposite her former husband, Richard Burton, and produced The Corn is Green that year as well.
“With her remarkable talent and extraordinary beauty, Elizabeth Taylor lit up the Broadway stage the same way she lit up the silver screen,” League chairman Paul Libin said.
“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.”