Elizabeth Taylor takes to stage in wheelchair

September 27th, 2008 - 12:54 am ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 26 (IANS) Hollywood veteran Elizabeth Taylor made a brave return to the spotlight on a wheelchair just weeks after she was reportedly put on life support following heart failure. The 76-year-old star was honoured Thursday night at the Macy’s Passport 2008 Gala that raises funds for HIV/AIDS organisations and spreads awareness about the disease, reports dailymail.co.uk. The event was held in Santa Monica, California.

“Elizabeth is a hero. She is an iconic artist, designer and entrepreneur. She is a mentor, and she is loved by not only me, but by people all over the world,” actress Kathy Ireland was quoted as saying.

Said designer Tommy Hilfiger: “She’s an icon, and I think she’s done a wonderful job.”

Taylor was accompanied to the event by her millionaire friend Jason Winters.

The Oscar-winning actress suffers from diabetes and congestive heart failure. She also has had both hips replaced and had a benign brain tumour removed in 1997.

She is confined to a wheelchair because of osteoporosis.

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