For immediate release: August 1, 2002
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Photographer Presents an Intimate Look at a Legend
Photos Capture the Serious, the Silly, the Glamorous, and the Everyday Elizabeth Taylor

"Brilliant, sensitive, Gianni always catches the soul."—Elizabeth Taylor

Forthcoming from the University of Wisconsin Press, Elizabeth Taylor: The Queen and I is a remarkable collection of Gianni Bozzacchi's photographs of Elizabeth Taylor, most of them previously unpublished, capturing her as a legend, a film actress, a woman, and a friend.
It was 1965 when Bozzacchi, an impetuous twenty-two-year-old, was given the chance of a lifetime. The streetwise kid from Rome was sent to Africa as special photographer on the set of The Comedians, a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Guinness, and Peter Ustinov. As the film wrapped, Taylor offered Bozzacchi a job as her personal photographer.
Elizabeth Taylor was arguably the world's most famous woman at the time and undoubtedly its most glamorous. Her marriage to Richard Burton claimed international attention, and together they were the quintessential jet-set couple. Bozzacchi was to work with Taylor and Burton for the next eleven years. They opened the door to their world for him, and his own talent, drive, and artistic style earned him extraordinary success. Publications wanted his services, as did the movie and fashion industries, celebrities, political figures, and the merely famous. Bozzacchi was awarded the honor of International Photographer of the Year three times and became a celebrity himself, the subject of magazine layouts and television interviews. With this new book, he pays tribute to his great friend.

Gianni Bozzacchi works today as a writer, producer, and director. He has collaborated on feature films with Michelangelo Antonioni, Sergio Leone, Vittorio De Sica, François Truffaut, Federico Fellini, and Luchino Visconti. Currently, he and Roy Scheider are producing for television The Renaissance, a twenty-four-hour drama and a twenty-hour documentary supported in part by the European Community, S.A.S. Prince Albert of Monaco, and members of the entertainment community. Gianni Bozzacchi lives in Rome, New York, and Franklin, Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Taylor: The Queen and I
By Gianni Bozzacchi
Cloth ISBN 0-299-17930-3 $49.95
8 1/2 X 11 160 pp. 129 b/w photos
Publication date: October 1, 2002

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