Liz Taylor Lived with ‘Passion, Humor and Love,’ Says Son

Elizabeth Taylor (left) and Michael Wilding

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updated 03/23/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 03/23/2011 AT 10:15 AM ET

To the world, Elizabeth Taylor was a legend. To Michael Wilding, she was also a mother – and in the wake of her death, he could not be more proud of what she achieved in life.

“My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” Wilding, 58, said in a statement Wednesday. “Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world.”

Her epic screen work was only part of the story, Wilding said.

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