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Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth Taylor was catapulted into child stardom and molded by MGM into the great violet-eyed beauty of postwar America. Along the way, she also became an award-winning actress, without training or theory, without teachers or counsel, ultimately dazzling audiences everywhere with spectacular performances. Elizabeth Taylor haBorn in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth Taylor was catapulted into child stardom and molded by MGM into the great violet-eyed beauty of postwar America. Along the way, she also became an award-winning actress, without training or theory, without teachers or counsel, ultimately dazzling audiences everywhere with spectacular performances. Elizabeth Taylor has lived nothing less than an extraordinarily remarkable life. With an abundance of new information, internationally acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the gripping story of her brutalizing six-month marriage to compulsive gambler and hotel heir Nicky Hilton, her romances with top Hollywood directors, and her marriage to the ailing Michael Wilding. Four years later, she would be swept off her feet by showman Mike Todd, into an alternately violent and loving marriage that would end after a year with Todd's death in a plane crash, leaving Taylor, at the age of twenty-six, a twice-divorced widow with three children. Here are Taylor's years with Eddie Fisher, Republican Senator John Warner and Richard Burton, with whom she would share a hedonistic, brash lifestyle that would virtually define the 1960s jet set. These years are at last fully and richly explored with mines of fresh material, some of it shocking, some of it funny, all of it shedding new light on the complexities of the most beguiling star in movie history. Spoto candidly explores all the highs and lows of Taylor's exploits both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Throughout the course of her tumultuous marriages, Taylor never stopped making movies, and from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to Cleopatra to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Taylor dazzled audiences with performances that won her two Academy Awards. The cast of supporting players in her life is unparalleled and never less than fascinating: here are Louis B. Mayer and Jack Warner, Montgomery Clift and James Dean, Tennessee Williams and Franco Zeffirelli, Malcolm Forb...

Title : A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor
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ISBN : 9780783813790
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 476 Pages
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A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor Reviews

  • Shawn Thrasher
    2018-11-27 22:42

    There are better biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, that arch serial monogamist famed for being at one time the most beautiful in the world, and also the most scandalous woman in the world, and mostly at the same time. How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood comes to mind. If you want read a book, check this one out. Spato's book is as manicured as a Beverly Hills garden and his writing is as clipped as the finest topiary. But that weighs against the book at times; Elizabeth Taylor is an over the top, lust for life character; she lived big, worked big, ate big, drank big, married big, divorced big, acted big, swore big, was big. Spato's book is anything but. HOWEVER, if you are inbetween seasons on You Must Remember This, the podcast that explores "the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood's first century" (if you are reading a movie star biography and haven't yet listened to Karina Longworth's glamorous and fabulous podcast, you need to go download and listen NOW), then LISTEN to C.M. Herbert read this book. She's incredible, mostly because SHE SOUNDS JUST LIKE ELIZABETH TAYLOR (Richard Burton, not so much). I was hooked into this audio within a few minutes, and love almost every single minute of it. Herbert's rich narration more than makes up for Spato's psychoanalyzing (and sometimes bullshit).

  • Phyllis
    2018-12-11 22:52

    This is my 1st Spoto book. I would think a biographer would attempt to be neutral, but it seemed as if Spoto doesn't like his subject. And with the details he writes of, who could blame him? I believe there is much more to this woman than these overripe romances he lavishes all his attention upon. Thirty some years ago, I read of biography of Montgomery Clift and I still vividly remember the marvelous picture that author painted of Taylor. That is the image I choose to believe is closer to the truth, not the insanely romance obsessed prima donna Spoto paints.

  • Judith
    2018-12-07 22:40

    The author attempts to psychoanalyze her too much. I don't care why the author thinks she did what she did. I want to know what she did and come to my own conclusions.

  • Daniel
    2018-12-08 03:07

    This year I've read a lot biographies of old movie stars and one of my favorite was Marilyn Monroe: The Biography written by Donald Spoto. When I saw that the same author had published a biography of Elizabeth Taylor, I was overwhelmed and was eager to start reading. Unfortunately, however, the book turned out to be rather disappointing, and the lack of passion is quite sensible. I think the story of Elizabeth Taylor is quite exciting and deserves better.

  • Jaime Contreras
    2018-12-18 01:39

    This was a well-written and intimate view of the famous actress, Elizabeth Taylor. This biography opened my eyes and gave me a new insight into Ms. Taylor's life and personal struggles. She was a private individual who wanted to live a private and loving life. One thing I will say about this is that it is an incredible life!

  • Circa
    2018-11-25 02:40

    I agree with another reviewer that this should really be called a filmography of Elizabeth Taylor rather than biography. I really wanted to know more about her relationships and personal, explicitly stated outlook rather than the author's interpretation of her character roles and analysis of her motives. It was however well written and was for the most part entertaining.

  • ☯Lilbookworm☮
    2018-12-12 02:50

    Amazing life, lady and book. Really in depth, and it didn't gloss over anything.

  • Ulla
    2018-12-20 02:43

    Didn't even finish it which happens very rarely!

  • Nel
    2018-12-02 03:08

    Interesting, occasionally quite insightful biography on Taylor. Somehow disappointing to me for a Spoto book, though.

  • Emily Turner
    2018-12-19 23:39

    I love this book! I've read it 3 times!

  • Dort Hanshaw
    2018-12-04 23:46

    Disappointing,

  • Jackie
    2018-12-18 18:59

    So far I am really liking it, the writer makes me feel as if I am watching a show, like E true hollywood story.

  • Dawn
    2018-11-19 19:51

    It's so sad that such a beautiful and talented woman battled so many demons during her life.

  • Caitlin
    2018-11-30 01:43

    This book is what introduced me to Liz and I have loved her ever since. She is a beautiful soul and she is my inspiration because of this novel! Worth the read, for sure. It could change your life!