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March 23, 2011

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Screen Star and AIDS Activist, Dies

Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure, The New York Times reports. She was 79. Starting at age 9, her career as a screen star spanned more than 70 years and more than 50 films. She won two Academy Awards for best actress for her roles in Butterfield 8 in 1960 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. In 1985, Taylor joined Mathilde Krim, PhD, and a small group of physicians and scientists to form the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). She became amfAR's founding international chairman. In 1991, she founded The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to support the provision of direct AIDS services and complement the work of amfAR. Subsequently, amfAR became The Foundation for AIDS Research. Taylor helped to raise more than $100 million to fight HIV/AIDS. She was on the cover of POZ in 1997.

To read the Times article, click here.

To read her amfAR biography, click here.

To read her 1997 POZ cover story, click here.

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Gary K, , 2011-03-24 19:36:57
I fell in love with her in 1958 upon seeing her in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". That love was renewed when she stepped forward (and others in Hollywood failed to do so), placing her reputation in harms way, in order to support me and others like me. I will love her throughout this life and beyond. Bless you, Dame Elizabeth. You will always be our Queen.

jim, lacrosse, 2011-03-23 17:13:39
i just wanted to say thank you Liz. because of YOU, i am alive today. thank you for keeping after the powers that be and forcing them to face the epidemic that has destroyed so many lives. well done good and faithful servant. may you rest in peace

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