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Taylor’s offer was "appreciated" and "the Jewish people will always remember it." More than 1200 friends and supporters of the JNF attended the event which was addressed by Moshe Rivlin, the JNF’s new world chairman who flew in from Jerusalem for the occasion."We hate to destroy, we love to build, and it is the common desire of the people of Israel for peace no matter what party is in power," Rivlin said. These included two film adaptations of plays by Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Suddenly, Last Summer (1959); Taylor won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for the latter.Although she disliked her role as a call girl in BUtterfield 8 (1960), her last film for MGM, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in 2011.
In the coming months, we will be launching the JTA Jewish News Archive — a treasure chest of nearly a century of reporting around the globe.Born in London to wealthy, socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939, and she soon was given a film contract by Universal Pictures.She made her screen debut in a minor role in There's One Born Every Minute (1942), but Universal terminated her contract after a year.Taylor was also one of the first celebrities to take part in HIV/AIDS activism.She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985 and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.