There probably aren't too many TV interviewers on earth who can say they had a sit-down interview with Elizabeth Taylor, but I was lucky enough to meet her and witness her personal passion in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
In February 2005, Miss Taylor was one of the celebrities at a photo shoot for a Kenneth Cole World AIDS Day ad campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Before the photo shoot, her publicist said she would grant no interviews, but when I asked Miss Taylor directly if she'd give me a few sentences about her decades of activism about AIDS, she abruptly stopped her wheelchair and said, "I will do ANYTHING I can to help in the world of AIDS." ... And she went on for 10 minutes! It was truly the most exciting 10 minutes of my career as a TV producer and interviewer.
Aside from a few quotes that were serviced to media at the time, this interview has been seen by no one. As a tribute to her activism, passion and work against AIDS, here is the interview in its entirety.
"I resented my fame all my life, and then I thought that instead of resenting my fame, i'm going to use it. Because I was sitting back and becoming outraged that no one was doing anything about this oncoming epidemic."
Interview by Eric Allen firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ericallenproductions.net