Celebrate the 110th anniversary of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel with a photo exhibit of Elizabeth Taylor by Bert Stern. The gallery will open on Aug. 1 and will include a rare collection of intimate photos of one of the hotel’s most famous guests.
The Beverly Hills Hotel has a long history with the Cleopatra star, starting as early as her childhood when her father showcased a gallery at the hotel’s promenade. From then on, she would frequent the hotel as a guest and affectionately call the hotel her “Pink Palace”. Throughout her adulthood, on several occasions, she honeymooned at the hotel and even has Bungalow Five named after her. Her favorite “splurge” meal was even at the hotel’s beloved Polo Lounge, where she would order fried chicken with a side of mashed potatoes drenched in gravy.
Curated by Shannah Laumeister Stern, the widow of the forever talented Bert Stern, the exhibit will feature twelve large photos, several of which have never been seen before. The pictures highlight the years of Taylor’s Cleopatra days and tell a story of her scandalous love affair with Richard Burton; intimate photos of the two stars grace the collection.
Bert Stern started his photography career early on in his life thanks to his father's career as a children’s portrait photographer. Eventually, he landed a job at Look magazine after perfecting his skills on an Army base in Japan, allowing him to make connections in the commercial photography world. Eventually, Stern became one of the most sought-after photographers by magazines, Hollywood studios, celebrities, fashion designers and advertisers. Besides Taylor, he worked with greats like Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote, Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy. Over the years, Stern formed a close relationship with Taylor in which she thought very highly of him, allowing only him to photograph her with Burton.
“What makes a great model is her need, her desire; and it’s exciting to photograph desire,” Stern had said after an iconic shot in which he captured the passion that Taylor and Burton shared for each other.
The Elizabeth Taylor exhibit in The Beverly Hills Hotel’s promenade is a must-see and will renew your love for both photopgraphy and Taylor. What's more, art fans will even have the opportunity to purchase these rare and intimate photos to add to their collection. A portion of the proceeds goes directly toward supporting the House of Taylor, which preserves and sustains the actress' inimitable legacy.
Visit The Beverly Hills Hotel website for more information about this limited-time exhibit running until Sept. 30.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is located at 9641 Sunset Blvd 90210.
Photography by: The Bert Stern Trust