34th Life Achievement Recipient, 1997

Elizabeth Taylor

Award Acceptance Speech
Gregory Peck reading for Elizabeth Taylor (who could not be in attendance):

I’m so disappointed that I can’t be there with all of you tonight.  Please know that I am watching.  And this award is especially important to me because it’s given by my peers. Not only for my first career, acting -- but, for what has now become my life, the eradication of the AIDS epidemic. 

As we all know, ours was one of the first industries to be directly and dramatically effected by the AIDS epidemic.  And it’s heartening to me that this community has risen to the challenge. And the foundation of the Screen Actors Guild, which I’m so proud to be a member, is no exception having made a very generous donation to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation.  Thank you all for honoring me tonight. 

Love, Elizabeth.