It was Kirkland’s professional relationships with Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Taylor that propelled his career as a young man. One of his first assignments at Look found him in Las Vegas accompanying a reporter on an interview with Taylor, who’d stipulated ‘no photos’. Employing what became his signature charm, Kirkland told Taylor that as a young photographer his job depended on him getting a photo. He got the shot and his career took off.
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