Category: Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher on their wedding day in Las Vegas on May 12, 1959.

Photos by Bob Willoughby

Elizabeth Taylor photographed by Douglas Kirkland, 1961.

Her tracheotomy scar from an emergency procedure due to pneumonia that left her unable to breathe during the filming of Cleopatra in Rome is clearly visible. 

Douglas Kirkland: “This is the image which started my career photographing celebrities. I was a young photographer at Look magazine and I was sent to Las Vegas to sit on an interview Elizabeth was giving to a journalist. She has said yes to the interview but no picture. She has not been seen for a while and had has a tracheotomy as result of being ill during the first attempt to shoot Cleopatra. After the interview I went up to her and held her hand and said:,‘it is wonderful to meet you. My name is Douglas Kirkland, I am new with this magazine, can you imagine what it would mean to me if you let me photograph you’ I did not let go of her hand, she wore jungle gardenia perfume which I could smell later on, she thought for a while and said “Come back tomorrow at 8pm.’” 

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Elizabeth Taylor at home with her son Michael Wilding Jr. in September 1953.

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Elizabeth Taylor with her husband Eddie Fisher in Moscow, 1961.

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Elizabeth Taylor wearing ‘Soiree a Rio’ dress (Spring-Summer Haute Couture Collection and wearing a pair of diamond and cultured pearl ear pendants, by Ruser) in 1961. 

 Photos by Mark Shaw

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. Aired on January 7, 1966.

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Elizabeth Taylor and her husband

Eddie Fisher at the Louis Sherry bar and restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera House opening in New York City, 1959. 

(Photos by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection)

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Elizabeth Taylor photographed by Bob Willoughby, 1957.

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Elizabeth Taylor and her son Michael Wilding Jr. in 1954.

TV Guide Covers from 1970