Elizabeth Taylor meets her fans

The 18-year-old Hollywood star is captured in natural style, surrounded by excited well-wishers on the beach at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.

Elizabeth Taylor at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc


Elizabeth Taylor was just 18 when photographer Willy Rizzo photographed her on the beach at the Hotel du Cap-Eden- Roc. Surrounded by young fans, Taylor had already packed a lot into her young life. Six years earlier she’d starred in her break-out hit, National Velvet, and in this photograph, taken in 1950, she was poised between child stardom and her first adult roles. Taylor was newly wed to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, but this – the first of her eight marriages – would end in divorce just months later. The Hotel du Cap went on to play a key role in Taylor’s life: it was here that she and Richard Burton conducted much of their affair and they eventually honeymooned in this, their favourite hotel.

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