Elizabeth Taylor is remembered for many things: her timeless films, her many marriages, her many jewels, and, of course, those violet eyes. One of her most enduring legacies, however, was her commitment to HIV/AIDS activism. In the mid-80s, when few dared to even mention the epidemic in public, Taylor was among the first celebrities to draw attention to the disease. She went on to co-fund amfAR in 1985 and then The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which have raised millions of dollars for the cause.
This Friday, Getty Images Gallery will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Taylor’s philanthropic achievements with a major photography exhibition in London. The show, titled “Grit and Glamour,” will feature approximately 50 rare or never-before-seen images of the actress, including studio portraits, contact sheets, and backstage shots.
See the more private side of the Hollywood icon in these six exclusive photographs, including a candid shot of the actress with her on-again, off-again love, Richard Burton, while on the set of The Night of the Iguana, and a private portrait of Taylor being dressed by her mother, Sara Sothern. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each print will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
“Grit and Glamour” is on view October 9–November 7 at Getty Images Gallery, London.
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