Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor, considered by many to be the greatest star, has died at the age of 79 of congestive heart failure.
A three-time Oscar winner, Taylor began her movie career as a child, but managed to transition to adult actress starring in more than 50 movies including such classics as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, Cleopatra, Butterfield 8 and, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor in London to American parents on Feb. 27, 1932, the Taylor family moved to California where her mother aggressively pushed her into auditions, Elizabeth was noticed by talent scouts and soon had a contract at Universal Pictures and later, at MGM.
Her film career spanned 7 decades.
But it was her humanitarian work later in life that would forever earn my respect. In the mid-1980s, during the dark, medieval days of the Reagan era, Elizabeth Taylor became an tireless activist in the fight against AIDS.
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation would go onto to raise millions of dollars for patient care and medical research. Ms. Taylor was a founding member of AMFAR.
In the early 1990s, I had the great fortune to see her in person in San Francisco. She was even more beautiful in person than on film.