Ciao Bella

I loved her in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opposite Paul Newman.  Elizabeth Taylor was the quintessential starlet of Hollywood's golden era.  Her beauty was divine.  Her romantic affairs salaciously captivated a nation.  "She was the most glamorous and sexual star of [her] generation.  No one else could equal Elizabeth's beauty and sexuality. Women liked her and men adored her"(source).  

More importantly, "she was the first celebrity to speak out on the mysterious and socially divisive disease in the 1980s, calling for research, compassionate care and an end to discrimination against people with HIV and AIDS...  It wasn't just as if she took the risk of attaching her celebrity status to a cause. She picked the most controversial cause at the time...  In 1985, when the government had done little to educate people about the disease and nurses were afraid to deliver food trays to AIDS patients in hospitals, Taylor, along with a group of physicians, helped establish the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)... [She was] one of the most inspirational figures in the fight against AIDS" (source).

Like that whopping 69 carat 'Taylor-Burton' Diamond, Elizabeth was brilliant and rare. Ciao Bella! Shine on...

J xx

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