14 October 2009

Not on the Passenger List But...

On this day sculpted out of redwood by artist Edmund Kara, Elizabeth Taylor was loaded onto the Queen Mary in New York for transport to Paris. According to the MGM public relations department, the statue would be kept "in a private, temperature-controlled stateroom...with all of the loving, tender care and security reserved for the Mona Lisa." A first class stateroom was reserved for the statue to avoid damage it might undergo traveling in the cargo hold.

The statue, insured by Lloyd's of London for $100,000, was to be used in scenes for Taylor's film, The Sandpiper.

Liz is pictured here in earlier days with her dogs aboard the Queen Mary.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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