Liz Taylor, wearing a coffee-colored, gold-sequined Naeem Khan gown accented with diamond jewelry, putÂ super superstar sparkle into an HIV/AIDS fundraiser.
Liz (75Â years old) is a founding chairwoman of the annual Macy's Passport event, a charity auction.
Since 1988, Passport has raised $25 million for HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research. Liz was honored Thursday night with its first Humanitarian Award for AIDS Activism.
"I have done this every year for years," she said. "It's tradition and it's part of my existence."
Her closeÂ friend Rock Hudson battled AIDS, which killed him in 1985, Taylor began work to raise funds and increase awareness of the disease.
"I used to have doors slammed in my face, telephones hung up on me," she said when asked about the differences between her early fundraising efforts and today. "This is aÂ 100 percent turnaround."
She said. "I will continue to be here until we defeat the enemy of HIV and AIDS."