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MPAA's Chris Dodd honors Elizabeth Taylor

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Senator Chris Dodd, the new chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, issued a statement on Elizabeth Taylor, who died this morning at the age of 79:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Elizabeth Taylor. Her artistic contribution to the motion picture industry is immeasurable. In a career spanning more than 70 years and 50 films, her talent endured the test of time and transcended generations of moviegoers. She truly was an American icon, whose legacy went far beyond her acting skills, most notably in her efforts to lead the battle against HIV/AIDS. Our thoughts are with her family and her many friends and fans during this difficult time.”

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