- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Sen. John Warner says that he and his former wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor, “were always friends, to the end.”

In a statement, the 84-year-old Warner said Wednesday he would remember Taylor “as a woman whose heart and soul were as beautiful as her classic face and majestic eyes.”

Taylor, who died Wednesday in Los Angeles, married Warner in 1976 and was at the Virginian’s side when he won a Senate seat two years later. He credits her with helping him win that election. They were divorced in 1982.

Warner says that his “children bonded with hers and they will be together at the services in California.”

In a public appearance later Wednesday, he called Taylor “an iconic figure in the history of her profession.”