03/23/2011 AT 4:20 PM ET
Just two weeks before her death, a hospitalized Elizabeth Taylor spoke to her one-time rival Debbie Reynolds.
“I said, ‘Getting old is really sh––,’ ” Reynolds tells Access Hollywood of her final conversation with Taylor. “And she said, ‘It certainly is. It certainly is, Debbie. This is really tough.’ ”
“I said, ‘Well, you just hang in there now, Elizabeth,’ ” Reynolds recalls. “And she said, ‘I’m really trying.”
“God bless her, she’s on to a better place,” Reynolds says. “I’m happy that she’s out of her pain, because she was in a lot of pain.”
As for her legacy, Reynolds reflected on Taylor’s “long productive career,” in a statement earlier Wednesday. “She was the most glamorous and sexual star of our generation,” Reynolds, 78, said in the statement. “No one else could equal Elizabeth’s beauty and sexuality. Women liked her and men adored her, and her love for her children is enduring.”
Added Reynolds: “She was a symbol of stardom. Her legacy will last.”