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.
Taylor was 24 at
the time and considered one of the most beautiful women in the
world. Life-long friend Roddy McDowall,
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
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,
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.