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Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Place in the Sun—Elizabeth Taylor was a truly inimitable Hollywood starlet who was beloved the world over. Very few people had private access to the celebrity, but acclaimed photographer Firooz Zahedi met the mega-star as a budding photographer at the age of 27. At the time, he did not know that the mesmerizing violet-eyed star would become one of his biggest professional supporters and dearest friends.
Documenting a little-known era of Taylor’s life, from age 44 to the end of the star’s life, Taylor’s photos in My Elizabeth, many of which are never-before-published, offer a singular glimpse into her private life. Zahedi reveals an extraordinarily playful and yet whimsical, down-to-earth spirit not otherwise captured by celebrity photographers.
In this behind-the-scenes collection, we see Elizabeth Taylor at the ancient ruins of Persepolis in Iran; swathed in gorgeous jewel-toned Persian fabrics selected from local bazaars; playing softball in Montauk with friends; on the set of A Little Night Music in Vienna; strolling the National Mall with Firooz in Washington, D.C.; making lunch on John Warner’s Virginia farm; applying her makeup for The Little Foxes on Broadway; napping on a yacht in Cannes; posing with her beloved Shih Tzu Sugar in her Bel Air home; holding a condom to promote safe sex in the age of AIDS on the cover of Vanity Fair, and photographs of her Bel Air home, taken after her death.
Diving deeper than the jewels, gossip, and multitude of husbands, this book explores who she really is at her core, outside of the Hollywood limelight. Beginning in Washington, D.C., and traveling to New York, Los Angeles, Europe, and Iran, the duo’s collaboration underscores an evolution in their friendship and the real star presence of Elizabeth.
Firooz Zahedi was born in Tehran, Iran and attended secondary school in England before moving to the United States in 1969 to study at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He studied at the Corcoran School of Art. After working as a photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, he moved to Los Angeles in 1978 with Elizabeth Taylor, as her personal photographer on the film, “A Little Night Music.” He later became a contract photographer for Vanity Fair. His editorial work has also appeared in Vogue, GQ, Town & Country, Architectural Digest and Entertainment Weekly. His portraits, fine art photographs, and collages have been shown in prominent galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Basel, London and Dubai as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach. Firooz and his wife divide their time between their homes in Los Angeles, New York and Palm Beach.
This limited run of My Elizabeth comes in a large cloth-covered box, complete with a signed and numbered print. Only 100 copies were made for sale.
206 pages; 12 x 13"
Jacketed hardcover with gatefolds presented
in a cloth-covered box with a signed and numbered print.