Elizabeth Taylor allegedly ran an underground drug ring to provide HIV/AIDS patients with experimental treatments in the early 90s. And she ran it from her mansion in LA.
Talk about a legacy. I mean, it was already sterling.
In an interview with ET, friend of the late Taylor and godparent to her beloved dogs, Kathy Ireland said Taylor would often go against the advice of business partners and friends to provide critical but illegal treatment to those suffering from HIV/AIDS at her home.
“Talk about fearless, at her home in Bel Air, it was a safe house,” Ireland said. “And a lot of the work she did, it was illegal, but she was saving lives.”
If it sounds like a movie plot, that’s because it is: remember Dallas Buyers Club, which canonized Ron Woodroof as a hero in the battle against HIV/AIDS in the ’80s?
It seems like Taylor had a Buyers Club of her own.
“She would sell jewelry. There were transfers of money. Sometimes there would be a paper bag and there’d be money…”
Dame Elizabeth Taylor was already well known for her HIV/AIDS activism humanitarianism. Her efforts in the ’80s and ’90s, when frustratingly few people understood and were willing to talk about the disease, helped to raise millions for the cause and helped countless people.
And it seems we didn’t know the half of it.