Actress Receives French Legion of Honor Award
PARIS (AP) _ President Francois Mitterrand on Thursday awarded American actress Elizabeth Taylor the Legion of Honor, France’s most prestigious award for excellence in the arts.
In making the presentation, Mitterrand praised the actress’ work on behalf of AIDS victims since the death of Rock Hudson, her friend and co-star in the film, ″Giant.″
Miss Taylor has been involved in raising funds for research aimed at finding a cure for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome since Hudson died from the disease.
The award ceremony, held in the gilded ballroom of the Elysee palace, also honored British director Peter Brook.
Miss Taylor, the star of ″National Velvet,″ ″Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf″ and other movies, had been secluded at the exclusive hotel La Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul-de-Vence before making an appearance at the Cannes film festival this week.
On Wednesday Miss Taylor was the guest of honor at a star-studded gala celebrating the festival’s 40th anniversary.