Friday, March 25, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor: New Secrets Revelaed

From the Daily Beast article by Kevin Sessums

Kessums reveals today a secret the Elizabeth told him 14 years ago that she didn't want told until after her death. He sure didn't wait long. He's probably been chomping this bit for years to get it off his chest.

Taylor revealed to him during a 1997 interview at her Bel Air home, that during the filming of the iconic classic movie Giant, she and Jimmy Dean would "talk and talk" for hours every night and that he told her he had been "molested by his minister" and that it "haunted him the rest of his life."

" "I loved Jimmy. I'm going to tell you something, but it's off the record until I die. OK? When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister. I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did. We talked about it a lot. During Giant we'd stay up nights and talk and talk, and that was one of the things he confessed to me." "

Also, revealed by fashion icon Valentino this tidbit about "Saint Elizabeth" (quotations are ours):

"I remember when she sold all her jewels in early '80s to build 15 hospitals in Africa... and how much money she raised for AmFAR that helped fund the research that is one of the main reasons today people infected with HIV can live normally.

"In 1991 we created together a charity for children with AIDS in Italy, and I personally saw her sitting on the floor next to terminally sick people, holding their hands and comforting them."

That is really awesome. Did you get all of that?


It doesn't get any better than that. Plus, she sat with dying people and held their hands. She was a spectacular person.

Taylor was a founding AmFAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research) member in 1985.

The organization re-issued a statement that they created for one of her birthdays a few years ago:

"All your life you were known for your beauty. During the past two decades or so, we gradually came to take that beauty for granted, but we were also constantly arrested by your other qualities. We were staggered by your grace under fire. We were inspired by your outspoken honesty in the face of the disbelievers. And we were comforted by your deep compassion for all those living with HIV/AIDS." amfAR will remember and honor Elizabeth Taylor for keeping the faith and for inspiring us year after year to keep going until this devastating epidemic is conquered."

On the business side, her perfume, White Diamonds, was/is the highest selling fragrance OF ALL TIME and in the 20+ years since it was released, has made over $60 Million. Amazing!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Alot of people think Liz was just some rich bitch......and in a way she was!!! She got it though!! She gave back and cared about people the way you should when god blesses you with the talent and beauty she had!! That's why she is a true ICON!! She flat out got it without being told to or how to get it!! Elizabeth Taylor was PRICELESS and hopefully she is getting hers right now for all the good things she did on earth!! R.I.P. with the angels!!