Associated Press (11.05.05) - Monday, November 07, 2005
On Friday, Elizabeth Taylor attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony
to mark the official opening of the Clinical AIDS Research and
Education Center of the University of California-Los Angeles.
Taylor also announced the creation of the Elizabeth Taylor
Endowment Fund, which will support the center's work through
grants and private donations. "Acting is, to me now,
artificial," said Taylor, who won Academy Awards for
"Butterfield 8" (1960) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
(1966). "There's still so much to do. I can't sit back and be
complacent, and none of us should be. I get around in a
wheelchair, but I get around," said Taylor, who has
experienced severe back problems in recent years. Taylor
helped establish the American Foundation for AIDS Research in
1985 and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991; the
organizations have raised $243 million to fund AIDS research
and help people with HIV/AIDS.