Elizabeth Taylor: icon, role model

By Kandace Kreigsman

April 13, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor’s death on March 23, 2011 came as a huge shock to many devoted fans. The award-winning actress starred in many hit movies including the 1942 film There’s One Born Every Minute, the 1943 film Lassie Come Home, the 1944 film The White Cliffs of Dover, and many more. She is most well known for her starring role in Cleopatra. She was also the first actress to make a million dollars off of a single movie. She began acting young, and her career took off until she became on of the most idolized and well known actresses in history.

Taylor was a very caring person when it came to people, helping out in any way she could. With over 30 years of participation in the projects, more than $100 million dollars was raised towards the AIDS Project Los Angeleswith Taylor's help. She also founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1993, created to provide critically needed support services for people with HIV/AIDS. Awards came her way for all of her work and effort she put into these charities to help and even at her death, she was recognized for what she had done.

Taylor was very fond of jewelry, owning two of the most famous pieces of her era at one point; a ring and a necklace. In her lifetime, she launched three perfumes; "Passion", "White Diamonds", and "Black Pearls". Together, these perfumes earned an estimated $200 million in annual sales. She was also known as a fashion icon, noted for being classy and well dressed wherever she went.

Her death came a surprise to many despite suffering from health problems all her life. She is remember, not only for her acting ability, but for her devotion to charity.