As images and screenshots of old movies starring the late actress Elizabeth Taylor appeared on televisions throughout the U.S., former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) is reminisced about his ex-wife in a more personal way.
“We were friends to the end,” Warner, senior adviser at D.C.-based law firm Hogan Lovells, told MSNBC on Wednesday. “Literally her heart and soul were as beautiful as her majestic face.”
Taylor, 79, died Wednesday morning of congestive heart failure.
Warner and Taylor married in December 1976, when Warner was director of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. Warner was the Hollywood legend’s sixth husband and seventh marriage, and he is one of only two former spouses who outlived the timeless movie icon. Taylor was Warner’s second wife.
Whereas Taylor’s previous husbands were actors, directors and entertainers by trade, Warner was the only politician she ever married.
They stayed together for almost six years.
Two years after they tied the knot, Warner ran for Senate and Taylor campaigned for him. She stole headlines and stirred gossip among Virginia delegates after appearing at a 1978 Virginia state convention in a tiger-striped pantsuit.
Discussing her assistance in his Senate bid, Warner said on MSNBC that Taylor was his “partner in what appeared to be an impossible challenge.”
Although he lost at the state GOP convention to Richard Obenshain, Warner became the Republican nominee when Obenshain died in a plane crash. He won the general election against then-state Attorney General Andrew Miller (D).
He took his famous wife with him to Washington, D.C.
During their marriage, Taylor appeared in the mystery film “The Mirror Crack’d” and starred in the Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes.”
But the two-time Academy Award winner for best actress would later admit feeling trapped and lonely as a politician’s wife. She said she rarely saw her husband and suffered from depression.
The politician and star divorced in November 1982.