IN his continuing search for the more weird and wondrous in this world, David Ellis says a fascinating collection of photographs of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor – many of which have never been publicly shown before – has just opened at London’s Getty Images Gallery to raise funds for her Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF.)
Founded by the actress following the death of actor friend Rock Hudson to AIDS in 1985, in the 30 years since the Foundation has distributed close-to US$20m to 700 AIDS organisations world-wide.
Many of the images at the just-opened London exhibition provide little-known insights into the actress, who was tireless both in her working and behind-the-scenes private lives. And they include one taken at Epsom Racecourse in England in1957 of Taylor with third husband, film producer Mike Todd, together with “best of friends” actress Debbie Reynolds and her then-husband, the singer Eddie Fisher.
Mike Todd was the only one of Elizabeth Taylor’s eight husbands that she did not divorce… he beat her to it by dying in a plane crash in New Mexico in 1958, and a year later singer Fisher suddenly walked out on Debbie Reynolds to marry the widow Taylor (who by then, we would suspect, was anything but Debbie’s “best of friends.”)
The Elizabeth Taylor photographic exhibition is open until November 7 at the Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, that’s close to Oxford Circus in Central London. Entry is free, with a percentage from sales of images on show going to ETAF.
CONVOLUTED: Elizabeth Taylor with then-husband Mike Todd followed by singer
Eddie Fisher and his then-wife actress Debbie Reynolds. After Todd died in a
plane crash in 1958, Fisher suddenly divorced Reynolds to marry Taylor.