March 23rd, 2011
02:27 PM ET

Larry King: Taylor was 'a helluva woman'

Iconic newsman Larry King had a close friendship with Elizabeth Taylor.

Though she was older and had been ill lately, King said he was shocked to hear she had died. "She was a great pal," he said on CNN Wednesday.

Taylor was a "trooper" who made friends and kept them, devoting her loyalty to them. She was "gutsy," one of the first people to stand up for people with HIV and to push for research on the disease. "She did more than any other single individual to fight AIDS," King said.

"She did have a rough life," King said, referring to the many times Taylor married. "She was what she was.

"She had everything you could put into one life, including a great sense of humor."

But the thing that stood out the most were her purple eyes, he said. Be clear, he said, they were not blue but purple. "They were glowing," he said. "Hypnotic."

"She was a helluva woman," King said.

Here is a text of Taylor's letter to King upon his retirement:

My Dearest Larry,

I am so very sorry not to be able to be there this last historic night to celebrate with you your long and illustrious tenure as King of the Airwaves.

I am sure I am one of many, many interviewees, who, exhausted from explaining themselves, their actions, their projects, their loves, heaved a sigh of relief knowing that they were coming to talk to you. Talking to you was like a late night chat with a friend.

It thrills me to think that you are going on to a long luxurious retirement.

Our loss is your family's gain.

My good thoughts and love follow you there,


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  1. American morocco militaryassault

    pregnant and running a free press in morocco? Americas free press gays have news for you.. No free press for you. Only assaults. For how long? Three mil bases and see the free press of pregnancy assault. Nude beaches for france? Drinking for princes? Come to moroc but you must dress llke brittany for service. No veils on your press.

    March 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy


    RIP, Miss Taylor

    March 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sandy Duncan

    A true talent,it was hard to keep your EYE off her... .

    March 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bubbles

    I will also miss her,when she came to visit Michael she always brought a banana for me,and wiped my bottom.

    March 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frankly Speaking..

    Yeah whatever Larry, we were hoping you would go first

    March 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zsa Zsa's Leg

    She will truly be missed,she was a wonderful actress and a stand up lady.

    March 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Col. Bat Guano

    The Bee Gee's wrote "More Than a Woman" for Liz Taylor

    March 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    Don't worry Larry, you will be joining her very soon

    March 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kelsey shannon


    March 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Janice

    Very sad how people can write cruel comments.

    March 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael Jones

    A "Diva" in the true sense of the word. All the tributes will never live up the reality! On The down side- pIERS- Dick Cavett make him look ordinairy- not hard at the best of times!!!!!!!!! GET RID OF THIS LIGHT WEIGHT.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    I wish Nate Dogg got this much press when he died....

    March 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Patty

    Get off this blog!!!
    CNN!!! Wake up!!!!

    March 24, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Patty

    I am a chubby lezbo and need to hook up with some fat dykos! I am about 280+ and love my burgers, but I can still do some butt slammin!!

    March 24, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Patty

    I am a total burnout and a loser. I am patty patty that fatty. Dip me in flour and bend me over.

    March 24, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
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