“Give. Remember always to give. That is the thing that will make you grow.”
We pause today to remember a truly remarkable talent. Elizabeth Taylor, whose unparalleled beauty made her a Hollywood fixture for much of her life, has passed away at the age of 79.
Though she will undoubtedly be remembered for her show-stopping performances and a personal life marked by glamor and controversy, Elizabeth will also be remembered for her remarkable off-screen humanitarian work.
A tireless supporter of the LGBT community and a fierce AIDS advocate, Taylor established the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991 and has helped raise more than $50 million worldwide.
“It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.”
Taylor was for years a visible fixture in the gay community. She was a friend, an ally, and one of the last remaining icons of a Hollywood long gone.
Taylor used her larger-than-life star power for unquestionable good. As the movie roles became fewer and fewer, Taylor selflessly dedicated her life to a noble and tragic cause. She was the epitome of elegance and classic beauty, a one-of-a-kind starlet who lived in the spotlight for more than a generation. Yet underneath all the glitz and glamor, Taylor was – like all of us – a human being. A kind soul dedicated to making the world a better place and spreading a ray of sunshine for all to aspire to.
You leave us today, but your activism and unique spirit will not soon be forgotten.
One last time, here’s to you Dame Elizabeth. Thank you.
“I hope with all of my heart that in some way I have made a difference in the lives of people with AIDS. I want that to be my legacy. Better that than for the mole on my cheek.”