Just days after the death of one of the world's most photographed women a unique picture surfaced: a young and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor posing fully nude. That the star had allowed herself to be pictured naked raised eyebrows among fans and Hollywood historians as part of her allure was an unwillingness to be involved in explicit shots. But now it has emerged that the picture is almost certainly not of Taylor - and may well have been taken when the actress would have been eight.
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. Afterward, Taylor was said to have given the photo to her assistant and make-up artist Penny Taylor. Collector Jim Shaudis bought the photo in and it has not been shown in public since. Her father, the art dealer Francis Taylor , and his actress wife Sara regularly attended swingers parties and that Elizabeth was reportedly conceived at one of the parties. Other reports claim her father was a millionaire Conservative Member of Parliament, Victor Cazalet , who became her godfather.
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.
A nude picture of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor has been released by a private collector, just over a week after the actress died of heart disease. The picture is from the time when Taylor was just 24, and it is a possibility that it is the first time that the photograph has been shown publicly, reports dailymail. Taylor kneels down passionately on a white fur rug, and looks extremely sensual in the picture, which is said to have been an engagement gift from her to producer Michael Todd, her third husband. The photograph 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, and that he did.