But none has been so revealing as this. A private collector has released the only known picture of the star — then aged 24 — posing nude. It is understood to be the first time the photo has been shown publicly. It was an engagement gift from Miss Taylor to producer Michael Todd, who was her third husband. Fabulous: Elizabeth Taylor aged 24 in the photograph she gave to third husband Michael Todd. The picture was taken by one of her closest friends, actor and photographer Roddy McDowall. He persuaded her to pose naked by promising her it would be done tastefully. She then gave it to Todd as a present after he proposed in — the pair married a few months later but the relationship was tragically short-lived. Todd was killed 13 months after their wedding day when his private plane crashed during a storm over New Mexico. A devastated Miss Taylor is believed to have given the nude photograph to her assistant and make-up artist Penny Taylor.
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The striking black and white photo shows her topless. Taylor was 24 at the time and considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. Life-long friend Roddy McDowall, an actor and amateur photographer, convinced her to sit for the photo in He promised it would be tasteful, like a work of art, and it has been treated as such ever since. Todd, whom she later married and became her third husband, was killed in plane crash 13 months after they wed.
Said to be the only known picture of Liz Taylor posing nude, it made headlines around the world when it was released days after she died. But last night there were claims that the sensational photograph may not be of the actress after all, but instead shows a little-known U. Doubts: The picture was circulated across the world and it was claimed that the woman in it was screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. Dame Elizabeth died in March, aged 79, and when the photo emerged last week it was said to be of her at Elizabeth Taylor in a more iconic pose. She would have been aged eigh right when the picture of Lee Evans was taken by photograher Peter Gowland. The photo was said to have been an engagement gift from Miss Taylor in to her third husband Michael Todd, and taken by her friend the actor and photographer Roddy McDowall. When Mr Todd died in a plane crash 13 months after their wedding, a devastated Miss Taylor was said to have given the photograph to her make-up artist Penny Taylor, before it was bought by private collector Jim Shaudis in He died in , but his widow Karyn said she still believed the photograph showed Miss Taylor.
There's no one more synonymous with Old Hollywood glamour than Liz Taylor, but there's something special about seeing the icon when all the glitz and diamonds are stripped away. Here, a look back at some of the lesser-known, more candid shots of the actress throughout her life. With her first husband, hotel heir Conrad 'Nicky' Hilton Jr. Cuddling with her sons, Michael and Christopher Wilding, and her baby daughter, Liza, on March 1, Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Ski Parkas and Petticoats at Louis Vuitton. Getty Images. At the dinner table in