Bel Air Buyers’ Club

Elizabeth Taylor ran a “secret underground” HIV medication network

Elizabeth Taylor attends a gala at organised for the fight against AIDS in 1985. (PIERRE GUILLAUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Kathy Ireland, a former model and close friend of the late Elizabeth Taylor, revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday that the legendary actress was running her own “Dallas Buyers Club” — a secret underground network to get experimental HIV and AIDS medication to patients from her home. “Talk about fearless, [it was] at her home in Bel Air. It was a safe house and a lot of the work she did was illegal, but she was saving lives,” she told the talk-show, on the occasion of World Aids Day. “Her business associates pleaded with her, ‘leave this thing alone’, she received death threats and friends hung up on her when she asked for help, but something I love about Elizabeth is her courage.”

Ireland also claimed that Taylor sold her own jewelry to fund the covert operation, and that she had no worries about being caught. “She would go to jail for it. Elizabeth and fear are not in the same sentence.”

Elizabeth Taylor was a prominent voice in the fight against the disease, co-founding the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) in 1985 and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.

Read the full story at The Independent.


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