By: Mir M.Hosseini
Actress Elizabeth Taylor was invited on Iran Air's inaugural nonstop flight from New York to Tehran,
While the Hollywood superstar played the role of temperamental tourist in Iran to create lots of publicity as she was supposed to, she made the best of her time visiting important historical attractions in Iran including Perspolis and Isfahan during her ten days visit.
The Boeing 747SP was designed to meet a 1973 joint request from Pan American World Airways and Iran Air, who were looking for a high-capacity airliner with sufficient range to cover Pan Am's New York–Middle Eastern routes and Iran Air's planned Tehran–New York route.
For many of her fans who had never seen Liz Taylor in anything other than sparkly gowns, her photographs wearing casual clothes in Iran opened a new way of expressing her as a beauty icon.
Her much publicized personal life included eight marriages and several life-threatening illnesses. Liz Taylor passed away on March, 23, 2011 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure, at the age of 79.