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“Some peo­ple saw her as a diva with a lot of hus­bands and jew­els, but she had an­other side,” says pho­tog­ra­pher Firooz Za­hedi of close friend El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, who is con­se­quently, the sub­ject of his new book, My El­iz­a­beth. “If you hung out with her, you’d see that she was good to ev­ery­body. She had a great soul.” Za­hedi’s images and sto­ries span­ning their 35-year friend­ship also re­veal Tay­lor’s sense of hu­mour. In one in­stance, she got her zip­per stuck in the bath­room dur­ing din­ner at the White House in 1999. “I could hear her in there, scream­ing and curs­ing like a sailor,” he says. “I had to go and tear her out­fit apart and cover it up.” Still, he adds, she never ruf­fled eas­ily. “She al­ways said, ‘This is me. Take me for what I am.’”

The late El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor’s live­li­ness, memo­ri­alised in Firooz Za­hedi’s My El­iz­a­beth

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