Elizabeth Taylor Was A Badass Who Illegally Smuggled AIDS Drugs To Those In Need (VIDEO)
If you viewed Dallas Buyers Club, you might recall the storyline involving a Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient, who initially out of greed (and importance), began selling drugs to AIDS patients.
In the early days of the virus, medical care was for many, unavailable and pricey. Things have gotten just a little better. Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor made a name for herself by becoming an early activist for AIDS and HIV patients. In 1991, she began her own AIDS foundation, which continues on after her departure. She testified on behalf of Ryan White, a boy who got AIDS from a transfusion and was kicked out of school because of it.
What most of us didn’t understand about Taylor, however, is that like Matthew McConaughey’s character in Dallas Buyers Club, she was instrumental in getting AIDS drugs for patients in demand, just her motivation wasn’t greed. It was her generosity of spirit. She sold her jewels so she could supply AIDS patients with drugs.
As told by Kathy Ireland:
Lots of the work that [Taylor] did, it was not legal, but she was saving lives, Ireland said. It was in a time when it wasn’t something to do. Company associates pleaded with her, Leave this matter alone. She received death threats. She was hung up on by buddies when she asked for help, but something that I adore about Elizabeth is her courage.
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