I've been collecting quite a few old magazines, especially those with interviews and photo-shoots with Elizabeth Taylor. These photos are from the March 1957 edition of Coronet, an American magazine - a bit like a Reader's Digest style mag - from the same people that published Esquire, I think. Calling her 'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' the writer waxes lyrical on that face: 'a strange combination of aloofness and sensuousness, she walks in beauty as few others.'
The photos have been collated from a number of different shoots and the photographers credited are Bob Willoughby (famous for photographing movie stars on set) and Sanford Roth. The last picture I recognise from a shoot with her then husband Michael Wilding, and the cute picture of her winking is from the set of Raintree Country (an imperfect film that is nonetheless worth seeing if you are at all a fan of Elizabeth and Montgomery Clift. Elizabeth's performance in particular is excellent).
I'll also try and scan another great story from the magazine for you, about teenagers hanging out in 'milk bars' all Happy Days style. And this really was the 1950s, not the 1970s pretending to be the 1950s. Also quite cool is an advertisement for the Relax-a-cizor, a weight-loss machine so brilliantly parodied in the last couple of episodes of Season 1 of Mad Men.
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