Friday, March 25, 2011

Broadway to Honor Elizabeth Taylor

Gant Daily: New York City’s Broadway will honor Elizabeth Taylor by dimming its lights.

The theatre district, which houses more than 40 professional theatres, including the Ambassador, the Majestic and the Gershwin, will go dark Friday at 8 p.m. for one minute in remembrance of the legendary actress, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

“The Broadway community mourns the loss of Elizabeth Taylor, legendary stage and screen star,” Paul Libin, head of the Broadway League, said in a statement released on Thursday. “The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory on Friday, March 25th, at exactly 8:00pm for one minute.”

Taylor, who died Wednesday from congestive heart failure at the age of 79, made her Broadway debut in 1981 as Southern beauty Regina Giddens in the critically acclaimed play “The Little Foxes,” which she was nominated for a best actress Tony.

The then 41-year-old actress told Time magazine about her first stage role, which later earned her a nomination “”I’m on a high,” Taylor said. “I have a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of doing something useful in my life.

“And the applause is wonderful,” gushed Taylor.

Two years later, the violet-eyed actress returned to Broadway as producer and star of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” which she played opposite her former husband Richard Burton. That same year, she also was the lead producer on The Corn is Green that same year.

“With her remarkable talent and extraordinary beauty, Elizabeth Taylor lit up the Broadway stage the same way she lit up the silver screen,” Libin said.

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