Hannon Bell Collection Details
Hannon Bell began his lifelong dedication to the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor in 1963.
Today, almost 60 years later, he has amassed a fantastic, world renowned collection of over 20,000 photographs from literally around the world including 8X10 color and black & white glossies, stills, rare and/or never before published photos, very rare studio photos, magazine and newspaper photos, news clippings and more. Catalogued and compiled "encyclopedia style" in 100+ binders, the collection thoroughly documents Taylor's life and career.
Throughout the years, Elizabeth Taylor has acknowledged Bell's fabulous collection, as have her press agents, various writers and the press. Since 1973, it has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
In addition, Hannon Bell has appeared on TV shows and news segments to discuss the collection. Bell has been contacted by authors Kitty Kelly and C. David Heymann for his expertise and worked extensively with Heymann on his book, "Liz, an Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor."
Hannon Bell has most undoubtedly created the largest and most unique personal collection on Elizabeth Taylor in the world by a private individual. Reputed to be the largest, it is definitely one of a kind, impossible to duplicate.
Now Hannon Bell
has decided to offer what some have described as the
Elizabeth Taylor Collection
From the sheer intensity of the methodically compiled photographs in the volumes of unerring accuracy, to the rare never-before published photos and the original Cleopatra script; this collection is mind-boggling. Of particular interest is the binder containing all original press clippings, letters and more the collection has garnered since 1973. This binder is a very important component to the validity of the collection as it substantiates its value and importance. Over the years, Taylor has acknowledged the collection and its creator, as have press agents John Springer and Chen Sam through a host of letters. Writers Kitty Kelly (Elizabeth Taylor, the Last Star) and C. David Heymann (Liz, An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor) with whom Bell worked with on his book, have sought out his expertise.
Also, in this binder are all the mentions Hannon and his collection have received in People, Life and Celebrity magazine articles and features from across Canada and the U.S.
Included is a series of videotapes on the collection via news and programs aired in Canada and the U.S. Also included is a video library of Taylor's work on film as well as a library of books written on Taylor and related subjects. Bell expands his dedication to his subject by including the three songs he wrote to Elizabeth Taylor. Winer of two lyric awards from the American Song Festival, Bell's up-tempo, romantic and jazzy song-writing techniques are evident as he tells an intelligent yarn of his passion to Taylor. Hannon Bell is not just a fan; he is the ultimate fan.
The Lavender Lady (1976), with its chorus, "she's the lady, oh yes, my passion, my passion, my passion" holds special meaning. And for good reason.
Sung to press agents John Springer and Chen Sam and sent to Taylor at the same time as the t-shirts "Hannon's Passion" were asked for by Taylor (1976/77), the naming of the perfume, Elizabeth Taylor's Passion launched ten years later is ironically familiar.
I'm a Fan (1982) about Hannon's experience of first seeing Taylor in person at the stage door of the Martin Beck theatre in NYC during the Little Foxes.
Love at the movies (1983), autobiographical account of being Taylor's super fan.
Hannon Bell has created a one of a kind and the World's Largest Collection on Elizabeth Taylor. C. David Heymann summed it up best when he personally wrote a dedication in his book, "A Woman Named Jackie", "To Hannon, who has the finest Elizabeth Taylor collection in the world." 1991 NYC