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Elizabeth Taylor left lasting impression on central Kentucky city

She dazzled movie fans on screen, and made headlines with her personal life and charity work.

Hollywood is mourning the death of Elizabeth Taylor.

The legendary actress died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure.

She was 79 years old.

One of her many movies, "Raintree County" was filmed in Danville.

Taylor's visit created lots of excitement in the Boyle County town, and left a lasting impression.

In 1956, MGM Studios picked Danville, out of locations in 16 other states, to film "Raintree County."

With a budget of $6 million, it was the most expensive movie of the time.

The studio used 300 local people as extras, including Charlotte Henson, who helps run the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville.

Henson had a small role in the movie.

Henson says Taylor stayed in a local house, but had a decorator include some personal touches.

"He got green satin, and made drapes, then Capri pants," Henson said. "We've never heard of Capri pants."

One of Henson's many memories is the parade through downtown Danville, in which people lined up just to get a glimpse of Taylor.

"She had the star quality from just a little girl," Henson said.

Henson says star quality like that doesn't seem to fade with age.

"Today I most definitely thought of those memories, and there are many in Danville sad to hear she had passed away," Henson said.

Several years ago, Pioneer Playhouse hosted a 50th anniversary party to celebrate the filming of "Raintree County."


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