Oscars will mark Liz Taylor's retirement. After Sunday's parade of past award winners, she'll focus on AIDS activism full-time

By Gary Susman
Updated March 21, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Elizabeth Taylor: Toby Canham/Splashnews/NewsCom

Elizabeth Taylor, who has acted only infrequently in the last few years, will quit performing altogether after Sunday’s 75th Annual Academy Awards, she says. The two-time Best Actress winner will make her final stage appearance in the diamond-anniversary ceremony’s parade of past Oscar recipients, she tells TV’s ”Access Hollywood.” ”That will be my swan song on the stage,” says the 71-year-old, who says she plans to devote her full energy to AIDS activism, a cause she’s supported for two decades. ”I’ve retired from acting; it doesn’t really interest me that much anymore. It seems kind of superficial because now my life is AIDS, not acting.”

Don’t think she’ll go quietly, however. On Wednesday, Taylor attended a medical fundraiser thrown by Elton John and Sharon Osbourne at the Osbournes’ Beverly Hills home, where La Liz had plenty to say about the outbreak of war that night. ”The thought sickens me beyond belief,” she told the New York Daily News. ”I was a refugee when I came to this country because of World War II. I listened to the radio all the time and thought, ‘Why don’t the Americans do something?’ Now I think, ‘What the f— are the Americans doing by saying [to Saddam], ‘Pack up your bags, mount a camel and get out of town!’ What if someone said that to Bush? You don’t think [terrorists] are going to retaliate? You don’t think they’re going to bomb the s— out of us? It’s going to be terrifying.” Jeez, the woman spends a few minutes with Sharon, and she starts cursing like an Osbourne. If MTV airs the party on ”The Osbournes,” it’ll be this outburst, and not her Oscar walk-on, that’ll be Taylor’s performing swan song.