During a long recuperation, Kahlo discovered her love for painting.
Using a lap easel her mother gave her and a mirror she'd had hung in the canopy above her bed, Kahlo produced some of her earliest self-portraits.
In August of 1929, Rivera and Kahlo married, but their 25-year union would prove to be a stormy one marred by numerous affairs on both their parts.
Beautiful, intelligent, and immensely talented, Kahlo was considered one of the most desirable women of her day.
She was romantically linked with movie stars, artists, and politicians of many nationalities, many of whom came to visit her at the casa azul -- the blue house -- in Coyoacan.
All over the world people loved Kahlo and her work.
I followed her in all her movements and while she danced, I told her my secret problems." Once over the polio, Kahlo seemed determined to live life to the fullest.
She became a tomboy at school and the leader of a group of rebellious youngsters (mostly boys) who pulled endless pranks at the National Preparatory School they attended.
The desire to be remembered was always a central theme of Kahlo's art, as reflected in the many self-portraits she painted (the images for which she is best known).
Once she embroidered a pillow for her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera, which read, "Remember me, my love." Kahlo's obsession with mortality is no mystery, as illness, severe pain and the threat of death repeatedly imposed themselves on her young life.