March 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm , by Sonia Harmon
Hollywood lost a true legend today with the passing of Elizabeth Taylor. The 79-year-old Academy Award winner wasn’t just an actress—known for her roles in numerous films including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?—but also a dedicated philanthropist. A tireless advocate for AIDS awareness, she created the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation in 1991 and ten years later she was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for her activism.
Taylor also graced the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal 12 times, beginning in 1954. When asked about her philosophy on life in a 1973 interview she said, “I try to live and enjoy every moment as it exists. Think about tomorrow but don’t worry about it…I enjoy now!” When asked what she would say if she had to write her own epitaph, she said, “Here lies Elizabeth Taylor Burton. Thank you for every moment, good and bad. I’ve enjoyed it all!” Looking back, we believe she really did.