Two weeks before her death, Elizabeth Taylor shared a tender moment with one-time rival Debbie Reynolds at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.
"I said, 'Getting old is really s**tty,'" Reynolds, 78, recalled during a Wednesday interview with Access Hollywood. "And she said, 'It certainly is. It certainly is, Debbie. This is really tough.'"
"I said, 'You just hang in there, Elizabeth,' and she said, 'I'm really trying. I'm really trying.'"
Though the two had a falling out when Taylor stole Reynolds' husband, Eddie Fisher, in 1959, Reynolds told Access Hollywood she eventually got over the betrayal.
"We were friends since we were 17. We had a lot of fun together," Reynolds reminisced. "I even gave her my husband for goodness' sake!"
With their friendship resurrected, Reynolds admits it was difficult to watch Taylor's health deteriorate.
"I'm happy that she's out of her pain, because she was in a lot of pain. This is a blessing in disguise," Reynolds pointed out. "Elizabeth couldn't be working and doing what she wanted to do, so I'm glad that she's in a better place."
As for Taylor's impact on society, Reynolds tells UsMagazine.com that her late friend "was the most glamorous and sensuous star of our generation. No one else could equal Elizabeth's beauty and sensuality. Women loved her and men adored her and her love for her children is enduring. She was a symbol of stardom. Her legacy will last."