As news spread of Elizabeth Taylor's death on Wednesday, a trickle of fans began to stop by the actress' star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
Taylor, 79, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Taylor's children—Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton—were with her at the hospital when she died, according to her publicist, Sally Morrison.
The two-time Oscar winner is also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Olivia Funtanellas, who was visiting from San Francisco, stopped by Taylor's star after she heard the news in a text from her mother.
"She’s one of the classics...like Humphrey Bogart and Grace Kelly," Funtanellas said. "She’s from that era, and she’s just gone and there’s no one else really like her from that era."
“I didn’t think it would be like this,” she added, referring to the swarm of media gathered at the star, which is located in front of 6336 Hollywood Blvd. "I was here last year, and this was just like it was with Michael Jackson, but it makes sense because she was the last living major Hollywood star."
Taylor was known for her close friendship with Michael Jackson, whom she famously nicknamed “The King of Pop” when she presented him with the Soul Train Heritage Award in 1989. Taylor frequented Encino to visit Jackson at his family home.
In a home video from 1993, Jackson called Taylor a true friend, saying, "I’ve met a lot of people in my life, and very few are real, real friends. I can probably count them on one hand. Elizabeth is one of the most loving, loyal, caring people that I know.”
Taylor spent more than six decades as one of the world’s most visible women, best known for her two Academy Awards, seven divorces, devastating illnesses and her work in AIDS philanthropy.
A wreath of violet hydrangeas and orchids was left on Taylor's star. The colors were chosen as a tribute to her "piercing violet-blue eyes," said Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
"She was one of the superstars in early Hollywood," Gubler said. "She represented glamour, she represented class. We saw her grow up in her first movies from the time she was a teenager until I think her final movie in The Flintstones, back in 1994. In that interim, she had some great roles, from National Velvet to Giant, A Place in the Sun, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cleopatra. We could go on and on."
City News Service contributed to this report.