In honour of what would have been screen legend Elizabeth Taylor’s 85th birthday on Monday, Feb. 27, the late star’s AIDS foundation has released a tribute video narrated by Miley Cyrus.
Founded by Taylor in 1991, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) celebrates her legacy with the new video documenting Taylor’s time in Hollywood, to her later years as an outspoken advocate until her death in 2011. The inspirational video tribute honours the passion and courage that shaped Taylor’s life.
From child star to leading lady, actress to activist, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Taylor’s appearance at the Academy Awards, wearing a red AIDS ribbon while presenting the award for Best Picture. The Oscar-winning actress used her spotlight as one of the most-photographed and documented stars to shine a light on the AIDS epidemic that was largely being ignored by politicians.
Narrated by Cyrus, herself a philanthropist and advocate for marginalized communities, the new video kicks off a fundraising campaign for ETAF. Taylor’s close friend Kathy Ireland has pledged up to $100,000 to match donations to the ETAF. Ireland has vowed to “carry forward this most compassionate woman’s dedication to those impacted by HIV and AIDS.”
“Elizabeth’s passion and courage in finding a cure for AIDS was ferocious,” Ireland says in a press release. “She was a glamourous 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.”