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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
CALIFORNIA: Elizabeth Taylor Shines at AIDS Center Dedication
Sandy Cohen
November 7, 2005
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.