Eva Marie Saint: 'I'll Always Have a Soft Spot' for Elizabeth Taylor

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"I have wonderful memories of working together with her in 'Raintree County,' " adds Saint of Taylor's first Oscar-nominated role.

Eva Marie Saint is saddened by Elizabeth Taylor's death at 79.

"I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Elizabeth Taylor.  I have wonderful memories of working together with her in Raintree County and The Sandpiper," Saint tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. See who else in Hollywood paid tribute to the icon.

Taylor received her first Oscar nomination for Raintree County in 1957. She was nominated five times, winning two, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1967) and BUtterfield 8 (1961). She was also given the honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Oscar in 1993.

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Continued Saint, "She was an incredible talent, and yes, she had those unforgettable eyes.  I greatly admire her humanitarian efforts which have touched so many lives.  Elizabeth was a very dear, generous and loving lady."

Taylor succumbed to congestive heart failure Wednesday morning at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital.