Liza Minnelli: What I learned from Elizabeth Taylor
June 17th, 2011
12:47 PM ET

Liza Minnelli: What I learned from Elizabeth Taylor

Nearly three months after the passing of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minneilli continues to be inspired by her lifelong friend.

"Elizabeth had so much energy, and she was always doing something for somebody," the singer tells the Daily Mail. In fact, Minnelli says, Taylor founded amfAR in 1985 after discovering that their mutual friend, actor Rock Hudson, was suffering from AIDS.

"Rock Hudson came with me to a dinner in her honor," recalls the "Cabaret" star. "She drew me aside at one point and said: 'Oh my God! What's wrong with Rock? He looks awful.'

I explained that there was this new disease. Nobody knew what it was exactly, but I had friends in New York who were suffering from it and there was no cure. The next day, she called me. 'What did you say this disease was?' And so her AIDS charity, amfAR, was born. That was Elizabeth for you. She was a doer, with such a vibrant personality, and such a love for life."

Minnelli last saw Taylor just months before her death in March, and, she says, "It never crossed my mind that this would be her final illness."

Despite the tremendous loss, "I smile now as I think of her," says Minnelli. "Look what she did for people. She was always helping somebody. You won't ever get depressed if you're helping somebody else. Elizabeth taught me that. And that's the side of her I hope people will come to know better."

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  1. The Real Fake Peace

    You morons don't know what you're talking about. I'm the real fake peace and don't you forget it.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rena

    No matter how old these gals get/got, the one thing that never changes is their smile! It lights up the room, as I'm sure they did when they were younger.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mmmm

    scooby doo ! ruuuh roooo !

    June 19, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. @Mr. Ed

    You are right, that's the fake peace. So obvious between fake and real. Never doubt yourself, your too smart for that.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    Silly sal, don't be so serious sal. It's just a party in blog land! It's the freaken weekend & time to partay! So raise yo glass, shake that a$$ & don't stop til the sun comes up!!I'm pretty sure thats what Elizabeth would want us to do, don't you?!?

    June 19, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. sal

    The people who have written these comments are a bunch of low-class, crass idiots. These are probably the folks
    who like Sarah Palin, carry guns, and have negative I.Q's. Ugh.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. princess!

    Uhh ok you guys are weirdos. I'm freaking 18, not f'n 12...get a life.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |

    ? Or whatever your symbol is I have't changed my name b!*ch I just got things to do hoa to sc;"w. I'm not ja(;ing off at moms like some of you dudes only real women for me,got one in comig over tonight. She wants to "try" the anaconda, I got some righteous coke. And some Dom cause she said they make her freak better holla.

    June 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mmmm

    ok. i guess. mmmmmm.

    June 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peace

    Oh yes I am! I just have a little tequila in me!

    June 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Ed

    You are not the real Peace.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peace

    You already have my email an number. Why dont we hook up tonight. ILL wear my jammies with the feet. ILL bring The LIon King aaaaaaaanf Toy Story 2. Say around 5:30?

    June 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lloyd Christmas

    Plus my mom said we can stay up until 10:00 if you want to sleep over! wink wink 😉

    June 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lloyd Christmas

    Im 12, baby! WAAAAAAY younger than 25. If you are looking for som hot times email me! I have a 12pack of coke in the fridge and cheetos on the table! Plus I can make some meeeeean mac and chees ! Kraft, baby ! Kraft! If you are looking for a good time email me up!

    June 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. princess!

    Blahh I'm bored who wants to exchange emails? Only if you're younger than 25 🙂

    June 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Lloyd Christmas

    YOU WANT M E ! YES 1

    June 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Lloyd Christmas


    June 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ?

    I was takimg a break from doing yaaad wuuuk so thought i would type something to cheer you lame Os up! Buncha queeeermongers.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  19. ?

    I miss the old days when i was the onlyest one blogging on here. I could put down my innermost thoughts and deepest desires and no one would be the wiser. It was my own special pricate place. Now everyone is on here typing about this or that movie or some celebrity noone has ever heard of. I think it is just sad. . . . . . LIKE A PILE OF DOOOOODOOOOOO ! JUST KIDDING !

    June 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  20. ?

    I think fernace is way hot. Please email me baby !

    June 18, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  21. snooki pickle flip flops

    I'm hungry

    June 18, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  22. ?

    I thought mandingo was faking fernace. Dingleberry changed his name, though. Back track blogs, you'll see what I mean. Good joke, by the way!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mr. Ed

    What is it with you miss piggy fernace? I just got on this thing. Well since you like saying my name, how about this? You (Fernace) are on a crowed bus when you suddenly realize you need to fart. The music is really loud, so you time your farts with the beat. You let go about 5 strong and loud ones back to back. After a couple of songs, you start to feel better, as you approach your stop. As you are leaving the bus, people are really staring you down, and that's when you've been listening to your ipod the whole time.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  24. fernace's not mr. Ed. I read Mr. Ed postings and I don't think he would be nice as I am to you. I pick your name because you are always posting on every blog thinking you are sooo all that. Why don't you go on the cnn news blog if you think you are better than us.

    June 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  25. the real fernace

    @fernace, Mr. Ed is that you? You're doing a horrible job of faking me. It's not believable at all, so here are some tips. I always write loooong posts, my spelling & grammar are excellent, men loooove me & I drink Herradura Anejo! OK you'll have to take it from there! Good Luck, hope you come up with some fun shyte!!

    June 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. fernace

    Oh nancy i drink jack straight from the bottle. I'm a drunk. @boocat my mommy say we can play in traffic if only you will lead the way.

    June 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. boocat

    I see all of the mature responses to this article. It's nice your mommies and daddies taught you brats how to use a computer. Now kindly get off of same computer and go play in traffic.

    June 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  28. emma

    to rub doodie on my face

    June 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  29. nancy

    sounds good to me ! especially if it is a 16 oz Bud Ice. I could use acout 6 or so of those about riiiiight now !

    June 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  30. fernace

    I'm bored!! Nancy lets get that drink girl.

    June 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  31. nancy

    This lady is just ugggghhhly. I mean halloween fugly. She makes Lady GAGA look pretty.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      And I'll bet you are a beauty queen, right? Oh yes, and equally talented?

      June 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  32. fernace

    Well i beat up men also because they don't want to be with me. Im sad, fat and just plain ugly in the inside and out. what should I do? how can i attract men to me?

    June 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Boof

    Do you know what I learned from Elizabeth Taylor? Absolutely nothing.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Fabio

    I can't believe it's not butter

    June 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  35. nancy

    and a lesbian.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • stankFoot

      All you haters with your smart assed comments best back-off or Liza will slap ya down with that big rod of hers.

      June 20, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  36. The Måd R@p3r

    Isn't she a known spouse abuser? Why do you give such a violent person publicity?

    June 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Tater

      Liza has a fence post swinging between her legs.

      June 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      You don't know Liza, so why on earth would you make such an idiotic remark? To all these insulting remarks, grow up.
      Keep reading your trash rags for current information and show off your IQ's.

      June 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Ignorant pigs.

      June 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |

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