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Farewell, Elizabeth

March 23, 2011

It's impossible to overstate the impact Elizabeth Taylor has had on HIV/AIDS awareness and funding since the earliest days of the epidemic (Ms. Taylor died earlier today).

Since the early 1980s, when people were still wearing masks and gloves around AIDS patients, Ms. Taylor (Elizabeth to her friends, never Liz) has been at the forefront. She organized the very first "commitment to Life" event in 1984 for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) -- and while doing so, learned her friend Rock Hudson was dying of the disease. She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985, and her own

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Elizabeth Taylor, Actress and AIDS Activist, Dies at 79
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Comment by: NADINE W (NEW JERSEY) Thu., Mar. 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm EDT
TO THE FAMILY OF MRS. ELIZABETH TAYLOR,I OFFER MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR THE LOST OF SUCH A GREAT LEGEND AND ACTIVIST. I AM A ACTIVIST FOR THE SAME ENDEAVOR SHE WAS AND HAVE BEEN FOR SOME 16YEARS,PLUS. I ALONG WITH COUNTLESS OTHERS WILL MISS HER.
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Comment by: Victor M (Finland) Thu., Mar. 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm EDT
She was so brave in Freddie Mercury's memorial concert back in 1992. Even her ailing health was visible even then.
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