A Look Inside Elizabeth Taylor’s Home
It was the early eighties when Elizabeth Taylor moved into her Bel Air house, 700 Nimes Road – her primary home until her death in 2011. In the months leading up to the Hollywood icon’s passing, photographer Catherine Opie began a photographic project that is beautifully displayed in her new book .
Having been introduced to Ms Taylor’s longtime executive assistant Tim Mendelson, Opie proposed making a portrait of the actress through her home and her belongings. And so began a photographic investigation that reveals Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of pretty Chanel pumps, the Krupp diamond and her photo-bedecked bedside table.
Though the project began before Elizabeth Taylor passed away in March 2011, Opie never came face to face with the actress in her home. However, in the book she speaks of the “emotional and moving time” it was for her to bear witness to the life and loss of one of our greatest screen legends.
The items in her home are diverse and as fascinating as the woman herself – a dog-eared remote manual on one table, a Louis Vuitton bag labeled ‘MINE!’ There are 156 pages of photos from the house in Opie’s book, and here we’ve compiled eight images that give you a peek into the private world of Elizabeth Taylor.
First, let’s go back to those pastel Chanel pumps primly lined up by the window. This is a mere snippet of the actress’s dreamy shoe collection.
Keep clicking through for more photos taken in Elizabeth Taylor’s home…
Image Credit: © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
An exhibition of this work will be at MOCA Pacific Design Center, from January 24 to May 8 2019.
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