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Elizabeth Taylor at 24? Nude Portrait is Dancer Lee Evans UPDATE

Elizabeth Taylor at 24? Nude Portrait is Dancer Lee Evans UPDATE

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The London Daily Mail is posting a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor at 24, reportedly taken by close friend Roddy McDowall when she was dating producer Mike Todd:

He persuaded her to pose naked by promising her it would be done tastefully. She then gave it to Todd as a present after he proposed in 1956 – the pair married a few months later but the relationship was tragically short-lived. Todd was killed 13 months after their wedding day when his private plane crashed during a storm over New Mexico.

UPDATE: The Daily News debunks the portrait as Taylor; they say it’s dancer Lee Evans. Here’s the site of photographer Peter Gowland. The photo was taken in 1940, when Taylor was eight years old.

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