When Elizabeth Taylor died at age 79, I knew there wasn’t much history between her and Elvis, but I recalled there was one picture of the two stars in my files. It came off the internet somewhere.
Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis
I thought the picture was real, so I tried to figure out when it could have been taken. Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor were in the movie Giant together. It was released in 1956, the same as Elvis’ film Love Me Tender, so I figured they met in Hollywood while both movies were being filmed. Boy, I wish I hadn’t written that in the original version of this article.
I was guilty of incomplete research — the filming for Giant was done in 1955. The picture must be a Photoshop creation. Here’s the real one.
And here is the photo of Elvis with country Singer Merle Kilgore that was used to make the bogus composite photo.
I got my first clue that something was wrong when this rather strangely composed comment came in:
Hi Gigant film in 1955 and This picture is a fake??
From the beginning, the original Elizabeth Taylor/Elvis post received lots of hits. But, three weeks later, I couldn’t figure out why the pace never slowed up. There had to be something going on..
The mystery was solved when a link came in from Elvis-Collectors.com, and I followed it back. There were 57 comments in the thread, and they made it perfectly clear that the photo was a fake. Here are some of the more interesting ones, complete with the authors’ unusual log-in names:
So is this a fake too?
Phonier than a 3 dollar bill.
While there is no photographic evidence publicly available, it makes sense that Elvis and Liz would have crossed paths at least once over the years.
I scanned the Tayor biographies on Amazon just now and there is no mention of her meeting Elvis.
Funny you should say that because after seeing this topic I went to Books a Million.com and read every single one of Elvis’ biographies and I also did not see a single mention of Liz Taylor!
Unless Elvis hopped into a time machine while in Shreveport, LA in December 1956 for the Hayride Benefit Show, and transported himself onto Stage 1 in Burbank, CA during the making of Warner Brothers’ “Giant” in September 1955, yes it is most definitely a fake.
Oh, you’re right, I found the original pic:
Some of these folks really got into this. How about Blue Gypsy reading every single Elvis biography in a mission to find (or not find?) mention of Elizabeth Taylor.
I thank JimmyCool for posting the original picture without Elvis in it. He didn’t identify the other guy, but I think its Rocky Marciano. I’m not sure and won’t tag it, because I don’t want to get anything else wrong.
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