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Video – Actress, AIDS Activist and LGBT Supporter Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away

Elizabeth Taylor has passed away today at the age of 79.

Elizabeth passed today today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized for six weeks with congestive heart failure

Taylor’s passing marks the end of an era, when Hollywood stars were treated like royalty. She will be most remembered for her breath-taking beauty, her movies, and her eight marriages, most notably to Eddie Fisher. The woman who once said that the acting career was “forced on me,” went on to become the highest paid actress in Hollywood in 1960, when she signed a $1 million deal to star in Cleopatra.

A Four-Time Oscar Nominee, Two-Time Winner

Elizabeth Taylor was nominated for a “Best Actress” Oscar five times, winning twice, for her performance as “Gloria Wandrous” in BUtterfield 8 (1960), and for her role as “Martha” in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

Elizabeth Taylor was also of the greatest allies ever to the LGBT community, especially when it wasn’t fashionable or good to your career to be so in the 1980 when AIDS was decimating our community Always available to donate money in the early years Elizabeth stepped up and  devoted much time and energy to AIDS-related charities and fundraising. She helped start the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) after the death of her former costar and friend, Rock Hudson. She also created her own AIDS foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF). By 1999, she had helped to raise an estimated US$50 million to fight the disease. In 2006, Taylor commissioned a 37-foot (11 m) “Care Van” equipped with examination tables and X Ray equipment and also donated US$40,000 to the New Orleans Aids task force, a charity designed for the New Orleans population with AIDS and HIV.

She also was one of the greatest actresses of her time and one of the dearest and closest friends that the LGBT Community could ever have in its darkest hour of need.
Thank you for all you did Elizabeth and we morn your passing beautiful lady with the lavender eyes.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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