Paul Newman's Elizabeth Taylor Tribute (Video)

9:25 PM PST 03/23/2011 by THR staff

The late actor honored his "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" co-star in a piece for Turner Classic Movies years ago.

Long before her death Wednesday, Elizabeth Taylor was already being paid tribute by those who had worked with her, including Paul Newman.

The actor, who died in 2008, memorialized his Cat on a Hot Tin Roof co-star for Turner Classic Movies several years ago.
 
"In the midst of our filming Cat on a Hot Tin Roof she became a widow," he says in the clip. "Yet she persevered and acting was therapeutic. I was overwhelmed with her professionalism. She later said that playing Maggie 'The Cat' saved her."

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Newman also talked about her looks and talent.

"Her sunny looks also often led the critics to overlook her powerful performances and underrate her acting ability," he says. "But she has won over her detractors with tenacity and dedication to her craft. She was always striving to push herself to the limit. Revisiting her work is revelatory, every time you watch her films you discover something new."

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Newman concluded the piece by asking: "What can you say about a legend? Elizabeth Taylor is a courageous survivor, a hell of an actress and someone that I am extremely proud to know."

TCM said Wednesday that it will pay tribute to Taylor on April 10. The 24-hour memorial tribute, which is set to begin at 6 a.m., will include Taylor’s Oscar-winning performances, with Butterfield 8 (1960) at 8 p.m. and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) at 10 p.m.

 

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