In honor of what would have been Elizabeth Taylor's 85th birthday on February 27th, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) is releasing a short video today to celebrate her incredible legacy.
Dame Elizabeth’s close friend, Kathy Ireland, for whom she was a mentor in creating her leading lifestyle design firm, kathy ireland WorldWide (kiWW), has pledged kiWW’s matching donations up to $100,000 “to carry forward this most compassionate woman’s dedication to those impacted.”
“Elizabeth’s passion and courage in finding a cure for AIDS was ferocious,” says Ireland of her close friend and mentor. “She was a glamorous Hollywood icon, and yet she chose to take a path in life that would alienate her from so many, because she knew that to watch people suffer from this disease and not do anything about it, is unconscionable. And she gave it her all and became one of the most powerful activists of all time. Before Elizabeth, people were dying of AIDS, after Elizabeth, people are living with HIV. We all must continue the work of this beautiful and courageous woman.”
Committed to carrying on the fight against HIV/AIDS, Kathy was recently named an Ambassador to ETAF.
The video reflects on one of the most unforgettable figures of the big screen, diving into Elizabeth Taylor’s unique and multifaceted fame, and the path that led her from actress to activist.
Philanthropist, artist, and actress Miley Cyrus generously narrated the video as a nod to their shared experiences growing up in the public eye. As child actresses, both women lived lives captured by headlines and chose to use their platforms to advocate fearlessly for the rights of the most marginalized communities.
Please help continue to carry Elizabeth Taylor’s torch and donate to ETAF in honor of her birthday by clicking here or you can text LOVE to 27722 to donate $10.