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That Nude of Elizabeth Taylor Ain’t Elizabeth Taylor

That Nude of Elizabeth Taylor Ain’t Elizabeth Taylor (photo)

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Apparently, we’re all about debunking stuff today here at IFC News. First, Orson Welles viral videos and now nude photos of Elizabeth Taylor. This was something I’ve seen repeatedly pop up on my Facebook and Twitter feeds for weeks and weeks since Liz passed away on March 23. The story that circulated claimed her “Cleopatra” co-star Roddy McDowell took the shot when Taylor was 24, then gave it to her third husband Miek Todd as a gift. Cause, y’know, husbands love when guys give them naked pictures of their wife.

Not too surprisingly, the pic and the story are equally bogus. Well, I guess the picture is genuine, it’s just not genuinely Elizabeth Taylor who’s nude in it. The London Telegraph has the story; the shot dates back to 1940, when Taylor was just eight years old. It was taken by photographer Peter Gowland and his subject was a dancer and model named Lee Evans, who did bear a certain resemblance to the world famous star (the Telegraph‘s article includes a copy of the picture if you haven’t seen it yet).

Apparently, rumors that Taylor was the woman in the picture are not new. Gowland’s widow told The Telegraph:

“It was first suggested to us by a sleazy reporter who came round and saw the photo up in our studio and shouted it was Elizabeth Taylor. We told him it wasn’t and we knew because it was our photo, but he wouldn’t stop, and he was a sleazy rumour guy. I think that’s how it started.”

So there you go. Still no known naked pictures of Elizabeth Taylor. I do have tons of nudes of Richard Burton if anyone wants to check those out. Just kidding — or am I???

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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