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Elizabeth Taylor: 'Cleopatra' co-star Martin Landau calls her 'a singularly spectacular individual'

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Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau, who played the loyal Roman, Rufio, in the 1963 spectacle, Cleopatra, released a statement about this morning’s news that Elizabeth Taylor had died. “It’s a terrible loss. A unique talent and a singularly spectacular individual.”

For more on Liz Taylor and her storied life both on-screen and off, pick up the issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands April 1.

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