Today I woke up in Denver to the saddest news: Elizabeth Taylor has died at 79, of congestive heart failure, in Los Angeles, surrounded by family and friends.
Although for many that may seem like a lifetime, for her it was more than that: it was also a living legacy, for she was not only an accomplished actress but an activist who made a big difference in this world and will continue to do so long after she’s gone.
Yes, she had a penchant for marriages and for (stunning, enviable) jewelry, but she also knew what was important, and that was to give back.
Taylor was one of the first celebrities, if not the first celebrity to take a stand and help the world, really, to start to rid itself of the stigma associated to HIV/AIDS.
Her tireless work on behalf of amfAR was not only unparalleled but inspiring, and, if you look beyond the Oscars, the glitz and the glamour, and the men, it certainly is why beautiful Violet Eyes will be remembered the fondest.
A legendary icon has left us, but her memory remains.
What a welcome home party she must be getting.