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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor sunning herself in Marfa, Texas,
on the set of Giant, 1955

Dazzling beauty, a diamond-studded life, and the adoration of the world:  but everything comes with a cost.  NYT:
During a lifetime of emotional and physical setbacks, life-threatening illnesses and accidents, and several near-death experiences, Ms. Taylor was a survivor. “I’ve been lucky all my life,” she said in 1992, just before turning 60. “Everything was handed to me. Looks, fame, wealth, honors, love. I rarely had to fight for anything. But I’ve paid for that luck with disasters.” At 65, she said on the ABC News program “20-20”: “I’m like a living example of what people can go through and survive. I’m not like anyone. I’m me.”
Of course, those of us who lived through the AIDS epidemic - which is still not over, you know - can never forget that Liz raised millions of dollars for AIDS research and was a staunch friend in a day and time when nobody wanted to even think about the gays.

Rest in peace, honey.  You earned it.


Stan said...

Besides being a glamorous actress I'll NEVER forget when she was one of the first public voices to speak up about the AIDS crisis while many others stayed silent in the 1980s. And yes she helped raise millions of dollars to fight the disease during those awful Reagan years.
A great Lady is gone but not forgotten...R.I.P.

FDeF said...

Just loved her in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe"

FDeF said...

Hey, Russ, Hope all is well.

BosGuy said...

She really was an amazing beauty. I'll never forget seeing her and Paul Newman in Cat on a hot tin roof.

I really admired the fact that she was fully invested in helping those suffering from AIDS and HIV. She was really the first who I can recall stepped forward.

That made her beautiful and brave in my book; quite the potent combination.

Russ Manley said...

Yes, she rates very high in my book for all her AIDS work.

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