Broadway to dim lights for Elizabeth Taylor on Friday

Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:37pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Broadway's lights will darken on Friday in tribute to actress Elizabeth Taylor, who died in Los Angeles aged 79 on Wednesday.

"The Broadway community mourns the loss of Elizabeth Taylor, legendary stage and screen star," The Broadway League said in a statement.

In Taylor's honor, Broadway's theater marquees will be dimmed at exactly 8 p.m., 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 Lives" opposite 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."

(Reporting by Christopher Michaud; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>A pedestrian walks by today's newspaper front pages with the late Elizabeth Taylor obituary on display in front of the Newseum in Washington, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang</p>