Elizabeth Taylor: Legendary actress, businesswoman, fearless activist

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One of the world’s most celebrated stars, Elizabeth Taylor’s film career spanned more than six decades. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the world’s great screen actresses. Among her multiple Academy Awards is the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her outstanding commitment to the AIDS cause. Ms. Taylor effortlessly kept the public fascinated beyond her screen presence—by her incandescent beauty, her courage, her humor, her business acumen, and her humanitarian spirit.

Even before her close friend Rock Hudson died in 1985 following his battle with HIV/AIDS, the legendary actress, businesswoman, and fearless activist had started her work to raise awareness and find a cure for the disease. Ms. Taylor devoted her time consistently and generously . Her passion and commitment to the cause helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars. She was one of the first celebrities to do so at a time when few would even acknowledge the disease. After cofounding the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and establishing The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), Ms.Taylor received multiple accolades honoring her important work, including the Légion d’honneur from France and the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Clinton. Ms. Taylor was also named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

In March 2011 at the age of 79, the world mourned the loss of Elizabeth Taylor, but her legacy continues through the efforts of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.