Broadway to Dim Its Lights in Honor of Elizabeth Taylor

Hollywood legend to be mourned in darkness on the Great White Way

Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away at the age of 79 on Wednesday, will be mourned on Broadway on Friday night, when the marquee lights of the theaters who populate the Great White Way are dimmed.

The lights will be dimmed at exactly 8 p.m., for one minute.

Though known primarily for her film work, Taylor was nominated for a Tony Award  in 1981 for her performance in the Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes," and won a Theatre World Special Award for the same portrayal. Taylor again returned to Broadway in 1983 for Noel Coward's "Private Lives," for which she served as both a producer and star, opposite her husband Richard Burton.

Broadway League chairman Paul Libin praised Taylor's acting and charitable work on Thursday. "With her remarkable talent and extraordinary beauty, Elizabeth Taylor lit up the Broadway stage the same way she lit up the silver screen," he 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."

The funeral for Taylor is Thursday afternoon at Glendale's Forest Lawn Cemetery.