Carrie Fisher Remembers One-Time Stepmother Elizabeth Taylor

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She tells THR: “If my father had to divorce my mother for anyone - I’m so grateful that it was Elizabeth."

Carrie Fisher, daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, is paying tribute to her one-time stepmother Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at age 79.

“A woman who rarely did things in half measure, Elizabeth lived her life to the fullest, whether by loving to the fullest or while also giving us some of the most memorable performances ever on film," she tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "A devoted mother many times over and even very briefly a step mother to my brother Todd and myself, loyal to the lifelong friends surrounding her- even with all this she found time to become one of the earliest champions for those living with HIV. If my father had to divorce my mother for anyone- I’m so grateful that it was Elizabeth. This was a remarkable woman who led her life to the fullest rather than complacently following one around. She will be missed but never forgotten.”
The many loves of Elizabeth Taylor
Fisher wrote the 2001 TV movie, These Old Broads, which starred her mother, Debbie, and Taylor - former rivals who ended up becoming friends.
In a statement to THR, Debbie said: “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.”