By Adam B. Vary
March 23, 2011 at 08:23 PM EDT
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“What can you say about a legend?” That’s the question Paul Newman asked in a Turner Classic Movies tribute he made about Elizabeth Taylor, and it turns out the legend-in-his-own-right had plenty to say about his Cat on a Hot Tin Roof co-star. (Newman passed away from cancer at 83 in 2008, and Taylor died this morning at 79 of congestive heart failure.) Here are my top three favorite things Newman says about Taylor: 

3. “She is a very intuitive actress. She knows her instrument and knows how to make it work.”

2. “I find a lot of actors who reach the top, they become very protective of themselves and self-indulgent, but not Elizabeth.”

1. “She has a sense of immediacy that is irresistible on the screen, and she is a functioning voluptuary.”

Check out the full clip below:

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