Laela Wilding, granddaughter of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, invites fellow Portlanders to a party to celebrate what would have been her grandmother’s 80th birthday for a special screening of the classic film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The party and screening is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10+ to be made at the door. The proceeds of this event will support Cascade AIDS Project and Portland’s public arts-focused school, da Vinci Arts Middle School. These two non-profit organizations reflect what Ms. Taylor is best remembered as– a tireless AIDS activist and an artist who began her craft as a young child.
Elizabeth Taylor starred in more than 55 films during her career; she was most recognized and honored for her roles in National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (a role for which she won one of her two Oscars). Cat on a Hot Tin Roof remains a true classic. Playing opposite Paul Newman and Burl Ives, Taylor shines with her sultry portrayal of Maggie the Cat, in Tennessee Williams’ story of greed in a Southern family.
In addition to her prolific acting career, Elizabeth Taylor was a leader in AIDS activism, including her founding role in the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and the establishment of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
“I look forward to celebrating my grandmother’s accomplishments and honoring her life with this very special screening. It is important to me to carry on her activism and to give back to the community in which I live,” states Wilding. “I encourage friends, film-fans, art-lovers and activists to join us in what I hope will become an annual event.”