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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Farewell To Elizabeth Taylor

This morning a beautiful fashion and screen icon suffered heart failure in Los Angeles and passed away. She will be remembered for her passionate affair with jewellery, her ability to fall in love again and again, as well as her oscar winning performances and her must-see portrayal of Cleopatra. 

More importantly, however, Elizabeth was a philanthropist. Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "Dame Elizabeth Taylor was the first major star to publically fight fear and prejudice towards AIDS and she did it with reason and compassion. It's easy to forget just how much fear there was 25 years ago and how big a star she was. In a way that was typical of her, she used her fame to lever millions of pounds to support and change attitudes towards people with HIV. She was the pattern card of how stars can use their celebrity for good. She leaves a huge legacy for people living with HIV for which we will always be grateful. We will miss her."

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