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Liz: 1956

Liz: 1956

1956. "Actress Elizabeth Taylor." Photo by Richard Avedon for the Look magazine assignment "The Elizabeth Taylor Story: A Woman at Last." View full size.

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Not sure if Avedon used anything other than natural light here, and I'm sure Elizabeth Taylor was using at least some cosmetics, but this image comes as close as anything I've seen in a while to simple, raw, natural beauty. I can barely tear myself away.


The combination of dark hair and either blue,hazel,violet, or green eyes is so rare and beautiful, that it takes you aback when seeing someone like that. Jennifer Connelly comes to mind as well.

Those eyes!

Man, I need a cigarette after seeing that photo - and I don't even smoke. Did any ever have violet eyes like Elizabeth? Wow!

The eyes, the eyes, the eyes

Miss Taylor might be the only woman whose eyes are capable of keeping your own gaze from slipping down to the lower half of that photo.

Absolutely remarkable.

Those lashes!

The double eyelashes framing those beautiful eyes create timeless beauty.

From "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" to "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", to the film Taylor personally hated, but which I enjoyed immensely, "Cleopatra", Liz Taylor was always most enjoyable to watch.


A beautiful photo of Taylor at the peak of her beauty. Never the hothouse flower, the way she managed to inject a little trashiness into her roles made her much more interesting.

The eyes have it

She was spectacular.

"British" Classic

She was born a British citizen, even though her parents were American. She didn't apply for US citizenship till 1977.


I never knew she was so befreckled. Nttawwt.


American Classic. Timeless and one of a kind.

Ah, my eternal Girl Crush

I've never thought any woman more beautiful that Elizabeth

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