Superstar Liza Minnelli has fond memories of fellow icon Elizabeth
Taylor, including a conversation between the two that inspired the launch
of amfAR, according to a profile in U.K.'s Daily Mail.
the profile Minnelli says that she admired Taylor's work ethic and
approach to life. She also reveals that Taylor had an abundance of
energy and a desire to help others, and offers an anecdote of her work
as an AIDS activist as an example.
"Rock Hudson came with me to a dinner in her honor," Minnelli tells the Daily Mail. "She drew me aside at one point and said, 'Oh my God! What's wrong with Rock? He looks awful.'
says she explained to Taylor that there was a 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," Minnelli says. "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."
she last saw Taylor a few months before she died in March and thought
she would survive her latest illness. "And look what she did for people.
She was always helping somebody," Minnelli says. "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."