Remembering an Angel of Hope

An excerpt from a PEOPLE Magazine article on Elizabeth Glaser titled "The Defiant One" originally published on December 19, 1994.


"Elizabeth Glaser lived a definition of courage and constructiveness that fiction writers have only dreamed about." Stephen Spielberg

"She was like a camp counselor, and that came out in her activism. She always seemed to be leading whatever was going on. And everything was done with that incredible smile of hers." Henry Winkler

"The first time I visited Elizabeth after she found out about her condition, I anticipated being upset. But the moment she answered the door she made me feel wonderful. She took me by the arm, dragged me in, and I knew that everything was okay. After that, I never felt awkward about her again." Richard Dreyfuss

"You didn't talk small talk with Elizabeth. A relationship with her was very pure and real; that is all she had time to be." Mary Steenburgen

"When she told my wife Arlene and me what happened to her it was very emotional. We hugged and kissed her, and at that moment, what spread across her face was something that's hard to describe. There were some people who wouldn't touch her anymore. I saw how much she had been hurt by that by the look on her face when we hugged." Alan Alda

"I met her while working with her husband Paul on The Running Man. Elizabeth would bring Ariel, who was like a little sister to everyone. Elizabeth was tiny in stature, but very mighty. She had an incredible zest for life." Paula Abdul

"She was very girlish and flirtatious. Each year she would give herself a birthday party and insist that everyone drink tequila. Two years ago the invitation said, 'Elizabeth Glaser is going to be 45--and that's the good news'" Lucy Fisher

"There's an old saying that a person's greatest fear is extinction, but what you must fear even more is to become extinct with insignificance. Elizabeth's life counted, and she lived it with great significance." Pat Riley