MN AIDS Project fondly remembers Elizabeth Taylor

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Workers at the Minnesota AIDS project decided that "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" was Elizabeth Taylor's most prolific acting triumph. Despite all of her on-screen accomplishments, Taylor will be remembered in the project's office building as a tireless advocate for HIV and AIDS research.

"She really focused her fund raising efforts on trying to find new treatments and hopefully a cure for HIV," Executive Director Lorraine Teel said.

Elizabeth Taylor was surrounded by her four children when she passed away at the age of 79. She had been hospitalized for the past 6 weeks. She was well known for her accomplishments in front of the camera and she lived a very public life; battling very serious health ailments and substance abuse. She is also well known for her 8 marriages to 7 different men.

"I'm a very committed wife. I should be committed too, for being married so many times," she once joked.

"I think without Elizabeth Taylor's voice we would have struggled endlessly with United States Congress," Teel said about Taylor's trailblazing efforts for AIDS research and education. "She bravely spoke to the needs of compassion and care."

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation donated more than $60,000 to the MN AIDS Project over the past two decades.

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