ELIZABETH TAYLOR, British-American actress, born (d: 2011); A two-time Academy award-winning English-American actress. Known for her acting skills and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle including many marriages, she was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood’s golden years, as well as a larger-than-life celebrity. The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh among the Greatest Female Stars of All Time. Seventh!?
True to her devotion to friends and Gay friends in particular, Taylor devoted much time and energy to HIV/AIDS-related charities and fundraising. She helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) after the death of her former co-star and friend, Rock Hudson. She also created her own AIDS foundation, Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF). By 1999, she had helped to raise an estimated $50 million to fight AIDS. She is probably one of the most fearless celebrity friends the gay community has ever known. Her friendships with Hudson, and other famous Gay men of Hollywood are legendary. As Taylor puts it, “I have had everything. I’ve had my share of joy, pain, luck and rough times. … I’ve been back and forth like a yo-yo. I hope I’ve learned from all the experiences I’ve had.”