The star was known for her extravagant jewellery and radiant purple eyes, but Zahedi insists Taylor found real joy in being a mother to her four children.

"She didn't give a damn about looking camera-ready," Zahedi tells People magazine. "She was very low-key, very hippie, very sweet. And maternal too - like your fantasy mother, the one who lets you do fun things."

The late movie star and Zahedi were friends for 35 years before her death in 2011. Zahedi is now releasing a book of pictures of Taylor, titled My Elizabeth.

"She wasn't trying to make the cover of Vogue," he adds. "She just was Elizabeth Taylor. She had her own style of dressing and getting made up, and whether people found it stylish or not, she didn't give a damn."