Here is Elizabeth Taylor's only known nude photo
, taken for her then-fiancée Michael Todd
decades before sexting became as poplar as it is today, has been released by a private collector. Almost 55-years ago Elizabeth Taylor
took a single nude photograph that was eventually sold to private collector Jim Shaudis in 1980 and now following the death of Taylor Mr. Shaudis decided to release the photo to the public. Countless photographs have paid homage to Liz Taylor's fabulous figure. But none has been so revealing as this one.
The striking black and white photo shows her topless. Elizabeth
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 1956. 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 1980 and it has not been shown in public since. But Shaudis decided to make the photo public after Taylor’s death, at 79, from congestive heart failure on March 23. The photo isn't the only surprise about her life that has come to light since she passed, according to London's Daily Mail.
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. In any event she became one of the most photographed women in the world. But there is only one photo like this. Or at least only one that is known to exist.
Bonus... Here is another revealing photo taken years later. While not nude, the sheer bra she is wear exposed a lot:
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was an English-born American actress.
Beginning as a child star, as an adult she came to be known for her acting talent and beauty, and had a much publicized private life, including eight marriages and several near-death experiences. Taylor was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list.