updated 03/24/2011 AT 9:55 AM ET
•originally published 03/24/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET
Friend. Colleague. Mentor. Legend.
Elizabeth Taylor was many things to many people. But her death Wednesday at 79 has united them all – in grief, but also in fond remembrance of her abounding kindness, her indomitable spirit, her unmatched beauty and her often underrated talent.
Tributes continue to pour in from Hollywood and beyond – from close friends and distant admirers. Here is what Liz Taylor meant to some of them: