Elizabeth Taylor death anniversary: AIDS group announces Gay Pride parade tributes
Elizabeth Taylor was honored on the one-year anniversary of her death with a presence in various Gay Pride parades.
The Hollywood film legend, who died of congestive heart failure at age 79 on March 23, 2011, was famous for her AIDS activism and philanthropic work. The largest global AIDS organization, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) honored her with the first-ever AIDS-themed float in the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade in January.
The float was made up of 150,000 flowers made to look like an oversized red AIDS ribbon, with a circling globe and iconic photographs of Taylor, recreated in black and white using seeds and grains.
The seed portraits, which included a photo of the actress from her later years as well as stills from her films "National Velvet" and "Cleopatra," will now be incorporated into floats in upcoming Gay Pride parades in West Hollywood, Long Beach and San Francisco.
Taylor was laid to rest a day after her death at a private memorial service at Forest Lawn Cemetery near Los Angeles. She became as famous for her love affairs as she was for her movie roles in films like "Cleopatra" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" She was married eight times to seven husbands.
In December, the actress' jewelry collection sold for a record-setting $115 million at a Christie's auction. Part of the proceeds went to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which she established in 1991 to help people living with AIDS.
Watch a time lapse video of the construction of Elizabeth Taylor's float below.