World AIDS Day 2016: Whoopi Goldberg Honored with Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award

Whoopi Goldberg was honored with the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award. which was bestowed upon the actress-activist on World AIDS Day.

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Goldberg and Taylor stood on the front lines battling the stigma of AIDS and helped those with the disease throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Goldberg was personally affected by the pandemic.

Her “View” co-host Sara Haines surprised Goldberg with a video tribute, which included messages from Colin Farrell, Lionel Richie, and Elton John.

“You and I knew Elizabeth very well,” John said in the video. “You stood up with Elizabeth and lent your voice to the fight when no one else would.”

At the end of the tribute, John announced that Goldberg would receive the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award, much to her surprise.

Four of Taylor’s grandchildren emerged and presented an emotional Goldberg with the award. Taylor’s grandson Quinn Tivey also announced a $4 million joint partnership between the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) to benefit Malawi.