Liz Taylor: The Return of the Queen
September 29, 2006

Living legend Elizabeth Taylor ignited a star-studded round of applause Thursday night as she stood up out of her wheelchair and delivered a passionate plea at the 24th annual Macy's Passport Event.

"Speak out about HIV and AIDS," Taylor begged the crowd. "Talking about HIV with a young person is like telling them you love them."

The legend teamed up with screen sirens Sharon Stone and Brooke Shields in Los Angeles for an evening of fashion and fundraising for HIV/AIDS research.

Shields introduced the rarely seen 74-year-old Liz, while Stone continued her tradition as the evening's fundraising auctioneer, a post she's held for the past eight years.

Stone also had a lot to say about Elizabeth's charity crusading efforts.

"Elizabeth Taylor stepped forward for the fight against AIDS at a time when no one knew what AIDS was," Sharon said.

Looking stunning in black satin, Stone even joked that she doesn't need to use "Dame," which is Liz's honorary title.

"I say Elizabeth because Elizabeth sent me over a bracelet from her collection tonight," Sharon dished. "Now we're on a first name basis, okay?"

In fact, Sharon is so passionate about the annual event, she nearly auctioned the shirt off her back.

"I have auctioned the dress off my back," Sharon corrected us. "And then I auctioned off the tablecloth I was wearing when they took my dress."

Talking about dresses, there were high fashions and high hopes for raising money Thursday night, with Diddy himself taking the stage for a celebrity fashion show.

But on a night filled with beauty and grace, Ms. Stone put everything in perspective: "For the first half of your life, you get the face that you're born with. And for the second half you get the face you deserve. And it's important to recognize the beauty within you and allow it to grow by being the greater person that you can be."


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