The divinely lovely Elizabeth Taylor died today at age 79.
She was lovely in more ways than just the physical, however. She was a fierce advocate for numerous charitable organizations for HIV/AIDS research, the LGBT community, animal rights, and creative freedoms.
As notorious for her seven marriages as she was for her beauty, Liz never let the tabloids get the best of her. She was quick to rebuke a story that wasn’t true, and did so with fierce voracity. She played the spitfire in many a movie– and it was pretty obvious that she didn’t have to act all that much to play those roles. She was a force to be reckoned with.
She was truly remarkable —generous in spirit and heart, especially through her work in helping to create amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation when others couldn’t even be bothered to utter the acronyms HIV or AIDS. For these and all of her other talents, she will never be forgotten.
As further proof that Elizabeth Taylor was one-of-a-kind, the Grand Dame had a Twitter account (which was verified) that she used from March 31, 2009 until her last Tweet on February 9, 2011. And in true Liz form, she didn’t just use it to share her day-to-day events—she used it to share her innermost thoughts on topics such as the death of Michael Jackson, refuting stories about her in the tabloids, and, probably most frequently, living life to its fullest.
In one of the last series of Tweets to this account (@DameElizabeth) on July 22, 2010, Liz shares her philosophy on living life, and giving generously to others. Reading this now, it’s almost as if she was saying farewell to her fans, and giving a last bit of advice.
Hold your horses world. I’ve been hearing all kinds of rumours about someone being cast to play me in a film about Richard and myself.
No one is going to play Elizabeth Taylor, but Elizabeth Taylor herself.
Not at least until I’m dead, and at the moment I’m having too much fun being alive…and I plan on staying that way. Happiness to all.
I would like to add something to my earlier tweet. Always keep love and humility in your heart.
Never let yourself think beyond your means…mental, emotional or any otherwise.
You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves and those around them.
Give. Remember always to give. That is the thing that will make you grow.
That is the thing that will give back to you all the rewards that there are. Don’t do it for yourself, because then it becomes selfish.
Because then it becomes about yourself…which is wrong. Giving is to give to God. Helping is to help others.
Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind. I love you.