In honor of World AIDS Day, Entertainment Tonight interviewed activist Kathy Ireland to get her opinion on Charlie Sheen's recent announcement that he was HIV positive.
While Ireland expressed her support for Sheen and congratulated his coming out, the best part of the interview was the big reveal that her mentor, business partner, and fellow AIDS activist, actress Elizabeth Taylor had been running an illegal experimental drug ring out of her Bel Air home.
Taylor was well-known for her early fundraising and support for AIDS research, as well as emotional support for positive patients.
"She would go quietly--with no media, no press--she would go in to hospice and she would hug patients who had just not felt that human contact," Ireland said. "Her legacy is love and life."
But not many would have guessed the actress was apparently operating her own real-life Dallas Buyers Club when she helped HIV/AIDS patients access experimental drug treatments.
"It was a safe house," said Ireland. "And a lot of work that she did, it was illegal. But she was saving lives."
Ireland didn't go into great detail about Taylor's operation but she did say the Hollywood legend sold some of her jewelry in order to continue it. She also, according to the former model, faced backlash from friends and possible jail time had she been caught.
"She received death threats, friends hung up on her when she asked for help," said Ireland. "But something I love about Elizabeth is her courage."