London: American singer-actress Liza Minnelli has revealed that her lifelong friend Elizabeth Taylor had taught her how to help others.
The daughter of film director Vincete Minnelli has opened up about her admiration for both Taylor’s work ethic and her approach to life.
“Daddy [Vincente Minnelli] directed her in ‘Father Of The Bride’ in 1950, when I was four, and she was great to me,” the Daily Mail quoted Liza as saying.
“Elizabeth was just a regular girl. The reality was that she was part of an era when movie stars were working actors. They didn``t parade around town all day with two wolfhounds on the end of a leash. She went to the studio. She went to work. She did her job,” she added.
Liza said the Taylor was always ready to help somebody.
“Elizabeth had so much energy, and she was always doing something for somebody. I`ll give you an example. Rock Hudson came with me to a dinner in her honour,” the singer said.
“She drew me aside at one point and said: Oh my God! What`s wrong with Rock? He looks awful.
“I explained that there was this new disease. Nobody knew what it was exactly, but I had friends in New York who were suffering from it and there was no cure.
“The next day, she called me. What did you say this disease was? And so her Aids charity, amfAR, was born. That was Elizabeth for you. She was a doer, with such a vibrant personality, and such a love for life.
“She had a face she presented to the public but another in private for her friends. When she stopped working, she had a life. It``s an example I`ve always followed,” she said.
The singer who saw Taylor a few months before she died in March said that she smiles when she thinks of her.
“What a life! I smile now as I think of her. She was the last of an era, the end of a tradition that died with her.
“And look what she did for people. She was always helping somebody. You won`t ever get depressed if you`re helping somebody else. Elizabeth taught me that. And that`s the side of her I hope people will come to know better,” she said.