Elizabeth Taylor is one of our last great movie stars. An Oscar-winning actress, she has lived her entire life in front of the spotlights, and her glamour and smouldering, sensual charisma are the stuff of legend. In Elizabeth, Alexander Walker presents the story of a life that was lived, on and off camera, with a passion rarely matched by even today's outspoken celebritieElizabeth Taylor is one of our last great movie stars. An Oscar-winning actress, she has lived her entire life in front of the spotlights, and her glamour and smouldering, sensual charisma are the stuff of legend. In Elizabeth, Alexander Walker presents the story of a life that was lived, on and off camera, with a passion rarely matched by even today's outspoken celebrities. From her privileged childhood, the influence of her strong-willed mother, and her rise to stardom in films like National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, and Cleopatra, to her husbands, her obsession with jewelry, and her amazing resilience in the face of public scandal and personal tragedy, Walker shows us the real Elizabeth--as an actress and as a person determined to live on her own terms....
|Title||:||Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor|
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Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor Reviews
Having picked up, opened, then flung aside many a sensationalised book on this woman, I was relieved to come across this very readable one.Elizabeth was loved by not just her public but within the entertainment industry too. She earned her respect and survived much harsh press throughout her life. Such professional longevity is a rare and special thing in this game.Of course, no biography would be complete without the obligatory affairs and broken marriages, but Walker at least tries to focus on Taylor's career (putting her relationships into context with that).Here was a great star, tagged the world's most beautiful woman (how many people have worn it?) which is always tough to live up to after a while, when yet another 'the world's most beautiful woman' steps into the spotlight and winks at you to stand aside. Then everyone scribbles furiously about you in the tabloids when you try to get the odd, discrete chin tuck or eye lift.When self preservation became more than just being about looking gorgeous, Taylor's gruelling work ethic extended to her addiction rehabilitation efforts. Here she nobly led the way for many a diva. The Betty Ford must have benefited immeasurably.Her earlier life, heyday and many media controversies gradually turned her into a more private person, as if compensating for the over exposure. She nevertheless remained a generous soul, one who cared deeply for friends and gave of herself freely when she saw fit.from a young age, Elizabeth developed a devil-may-care streak. She had the capacity to shock and impress simultaneously. She made remarkably few enemies - ultimately, not even Debbie Reynolds. Her later off screen work was admirable, as she balanced her perfumery juggernaut with needy, worthy causes few of her contemporaries would touch.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and would consider almost any Alexander Walker book well worth a go.
Definately an interesting read - but I have to read more to see if there are such inconsinstancies as with Marilyn bios. I have no doubt there will be some, but Marilyn seems to be the prey of all bad biographers or wanna-be biographers, or memoirs by friends, wanna-be friends, lovers and wanna be lovers. Or fiction claimed to be fact by daughters, sons, ghost hunters, mediums and born again Marilyn's. I am sure it is not that bad with Liz, party due to her long life. At least there won't be anyone claiming to be HER anytime soon. Maybe in 20 years. However, thanks to my experiences and studies of MM biographies I take the tales of Liz too with a grain of salt. I have my own theory of biographers, but I think I won't get into it here ;) I still enjoyed the book, and it did give a great overview of her life and movies, enough to make me read more about her - and to compare notes :-)
I enjoyed this book. I have read 5 or 6 other books on Ms Taylor and this had some good information that I hadn't read before. It had more about all of her marriages not just a couple of them. I will never understand though why women like her and Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner etc feel a need to HAVE to have a man. They almost have a new one lined up before getting rid of the current one. These women seem to have everything except self confidence.
The beginning of this book was pretty interesting, but how many times can one intelligent human being make the same huge mistakes over and over again? What most amazes me is that there are people who aspire to this kind of life even now. It was really difficult to keep reading to the end of this book.
Very Mundane. Included many facts about Elizabeth Taylor's life, but didn't capture the passion with which she lived. Painted an accurate portrait of the interest points of her life, but failed to unearth details that would have brought more interest to the book.
This book provides an extensive portrayal of her life- to a point of ad nauseam.
read the 1990 edition fontana
Interesting read but it went much more in depth than I really cared for. This accompanied by the quotes from foul-mouthed people, made it a difficult book to finish.