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August 3, 2021

David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor Sharing a Cigarette in Beverly Hills, 1975

It was the first time they’d met.

In 1975, Elizabeth Taylor had hatched a plan: She wanted Bowie to audition for a role in her movie, The Blue Bird, which was due out the next year. So she asked her good friend, photographer and Faye Dunaway ex Terry O’Neill, to set up a meeting.

The noted British lensman arranged a get-together at director George Cukor’s house in Beverly Hills, to which the gender-bending musical mastermind showed up two hours late. And, as one can imagine, Dame Taylor was not a lady who liked to be kept waiting.

“Liz was pretty annoyed and on the verge of leaving,” O’Neill recalled. “But we managed to persuade her to stay.”

To break the ice when Bowie finally arrived, O’Neill started snapping photos, which resulted in the now-iconic series of the unlikely duo sharing a cigarette. Taylor got over Bowie’s lateness, though he didn’t end up in her film after all. And still today, the linen keyhole tunic and felt fedora she wore to take a business meeting shows us how understatedly cool the movie star was away from her sequins and shoulder pads.

(Photos by © Terry O’Neill, via The Hollywood Reporter)

1 comment:

  1. jesus ... bowie was always an odd looking duck. and liz was entering phat period.




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