Fab Friday Icons: Elizabeth Taylor

Happy (almost) weekend! It’s the last Friday of the month already (February flew by, didn’t it?), which means it’s time for another Fab Friday Icons post. Today I’d like to share my admiration for the glamorous and talented Elizabeth Taylor.

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Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most famous actresses of our time. She was nicknamed “One Shot Liz” during her early ages of acting for being able to do a scene in one shot. Beginning her career as a young child, Liz won multiple awards during her life time, including two Oscars – one in 1961 for her role in “Butterfield 8” and one in 1967 for her performance in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Liz was a Hollywood legend whose undeniable beauty swooned everyone around her. One thing I just learned of her was that she had a “mutation”…a double row of eyelashes (I’m going to assume that you agree if I say that that’s a mutation we’d all like to have!)…giving her those captivating, violet eyes and the intensely stunning look she was famous for.

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Besides her beauty and fame, Liz’s activism and efforts to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS made her the fearless leader she was known to be. She was the cofounder of the American Foundation for AIDS research (amfAR) and helped raise more than 270 million dollars (!) for the cause. At a time when only a few acknowledged the disease, Liz was one of the first public figures to speak out on HIV and organized the first AIDS fundraiser in 1984. The actress also founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1993.

Nothing sums up better what Elizabeth Taylor did for her generation than what former President Bill Clinton said at her death: “Elizabeth’s legacy will live on in many people around the world whose lives will be longer and better because of her work and the ongoing efforts of those she inspired.” 

What a fabulous, inspiring women!