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11:23 UK time, Thursday, 24 March 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

With the sad loss of Elizabeth Taylor, the newspapers are full of personal reminiscences.

Her starry friends offer their tributes, but humble journalists also chip in with their two penn'orth (or two cents worth).

In the Times, Magnus Linklater remembers the day he saw her on set, drank gin and tonic in her hotel room while being berated by Richard Burton, and sat with her in a pub, a car and an airport cafe.

The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye offers a fairly excruciating anecdote of him dressing up as a singing telegram and serenading Taylor with a rewritten version of Cole Porter's I Get A Kick Out Of You.

She apparently enjoyed it. On another occasion she told Bamigboye off for flying over Michael Jackson's estate in a helicopter while Taylor was getting married.

But she later gave him a big hug, so all was forgiven.

Back in the Times, Caitlin Moran writes an ode to Taylor's beauty, although without any recollections of a meeting.

The Daily Star, unusually among the papers, finds no room for Taylor on the front. It's the page 11 lead and perhaps the Star's analysis is that with its youthful demographic, there is little appetite among readers.

It is borne out in Text Maniacs, where there isn't a single text relating to Taylor.

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