Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation
Elizabeth Taylor: Legendary actress, businesswoman, fearless activist
Elizabeth Taylor’s film career spanned more than six decades. Beginning as a child star with MGM, she became one of the world’s greatest screen actresses. Among her multiple Academy Awards is the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her outstanding commitment to the AIDS cause. Ms. Taylor effortlessly kept the public fascinated beyond her screen presence – by her incandescent beauty, her courage, her humor, her business acumen, and her humanitarian spirit.
Even before her close friend Rock Hudson died in 1985 following his battle with HIV/AIDS, the legendary actress, businesswoman, and fearless activist had started her work to raise awareness and find a cure for the disease.
Ms. Taylor devoted her time consistently and generously. Her passion and commitment to the cause helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars. She was one of the first celebrities to do so at a time when few would even acknowledge the disease.
After cofounding the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and establishing The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), Ms.Taylor received multiple accolades honoring her important work, including the Légion d’honneur from France and the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Clinton. In 2000
Ms. Taylor was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
In March 2011 at the age of 79, the world mourned the loss of Elizabeth Taylor, but her legacy and work continue through the efforts of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Elizabeth Taylor established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1991 to support organizations delivering direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS, often to the most marginalized populations. Today, ETAF also provides funding for HIV prevention education and advocacy programs throughout the world, including existing organizations creating new and innovative techniques that help spread awareness of HIV prevention and treatment to targeted communities.
To date ETAF has granted $17 million to more than 675 organizations in 44 countries and 42 states in the U.S.
The path that Elizabeth Taylor paved continues through the work of ETAF. She arranged for ETAF to go on in perpetuity with the operating costs paid for by her Trust. To advance our founders’ vision of helping the most marginalized people within the AIDS community, Ms. Taylor’s friends and family are working together as ETAF Ambassadors to help keep the issue of HIV/AIDS top-of-mind for the public.
Ambassador Colin Farrell.
“Elizabeth Taylor was so many things to so many people but one thing to all, a friend. In the gifted time we spent together she taught me more about the true and proactive nature of friendship than anyone I’m likely to ever meet. It was with this spirit of friendship – true, deep, meaningful and active – that she embarked on what was to be her life’s great work. Through The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation the boldness of her love and breath of her compassion lives on and to be any part of the work the foundation does is to be a part of the voice of Elizabeth’s heart.
There really was no one more raucous, no one more disdainful of apathy, truly no one funnier and bolder and brighter than she, but most importantly, no one kinder in the world. Miss her so, even as she lives on so loudly through the message she left behind.”
A native of Ireland, Colin Farrell continues to turn heads in Hollywood. In 2009 Farrell won a Golden Globe for his role in “In Bruges” and was reteamed with director Martin McDonough for the CBS films’ “Seven Psychopaths.” The film centered on a screenwriter who gets drawn into the dog napping escapades of his friends.
He can currently be seen in the second season of the HBO drama “True Detective” starring opposite Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughan. Nic Pizzolatto who created the series also wrote the second season. In Spring 2016 he can be seen the Alchemy film “The Lobster” starring opposite Rachel Weisz about a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods. The film won the Jury Prize atthe 68th Cannes Film Festival and will open in Spring 2016.
Farrell is currently shooting the Harry Potter prequel “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” for Warner Brothers which is set for November 2016 release.
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