A year-old photo of Elizabeth Taylor posing nude "from head to toe" for friend and actor Roddy McDowell has recently surfaced. The photo was made public by its owner, Jim Shaudis, in the wake of her March 23 death —which is sure to become an increasingly common practice after anyone who's ever posed for a nude photo dies. Taylor, then 24, posed with her eyes closed, kneeling and leaning slightly forward, with her head and tousled hair tilted toward the camera. The violet-eyed beauty presented the shot as an engagement gift to her third husband, producer Mike Todd, cited by some as the love of her romantically challenged life. The couple married in , but Todd died just 13 months later when his private plane crashed in New Mexico. But just when you think this story couldn't get any sadder, it definitely, definitely does. After the tragedy, Taylor entrusted the photo to her makeup artist Penny Taylor, who sold it to collector Jim Shaudis. Shaudis displayed it in his bedroom.
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.
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 naked "star" of the photograph is believed to be a minor Hollywood dancer, who had to be persuaded to strip for the shot by a photographer who went on to become one of the key chroniclers of the era of Hollywood glamour.
First, Orson Welles viral videos and now nude photos of Elizabeth Taylor. Not too surprisingly, the pic and the story are equally bogus. The London Telegraph has the story; the shot dates back to , when Taylor was just eight years old.