Date: 6th January 2001
DAME ELIZABETH TAYLOR is to receive a medal from BILL CLINTON for answering "America's highest calling" of service to the country.
The London-born film star is one of 28 Americans, including boxing legend MUHAMMAD ALI, being presented with the PRESIDENTIAL CITIZENS MEDAL on Monday (08JAN01) during a ceremony at the WHITE HOUSE in Washington DC. Clinton says he is "honoured to recognise the talented and dedicated individuals". He adds, "In giving freely of themselves and their time, they have undoubtedly inspired others to do the same." The Presidential Citizens Medal was established by PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON in 1969 to recognise exemplary service by any citizen.
Dame Elizabeth, 68, whose parents were American, settled in Southern California at the age of 10. She co-founded the AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR AIDS RESEARCH. (RGS/WNWCAN)