Admired and attacked, envied and scorned--Elizabeth Taylor is an international celebrity. If she walks a block in New York City, she gathers a mob. At the same time she has always been one of the film world's most inaccessible actresses.Now, in this book, Elizabeth Taylor talks freely and informally about the many aspects of her controversial life. Her narrative begins inAdmired and attacked, envied and scorned--Elizabeth Taylor is an international celebrity. If she walks a block in New York City, she gathers a mob. At the same time she has always been one of the film world's most inaccessible actresses.Now, in this book, Elizabeth Taylor talks freely and informally about the many aspects of her controversial life. Her narrative begins in pre-actress days when she was a little girl delighting in games of make-believe. She was still a child when National Velvet made her famous, and although she says that "the actress part of me is minuscule," her film career has seldom been interrupted for long. With affectionate insight, she talks about her four children, and reviews her four earlier marriages. She tells what life was like with Mike Todd. She describes her meeting with Richard Burton, the desperate days when they were falling in love, during the filming of Cleopatra, and her excitement and happiness with him now.From these casual recollections emerges a most unexpected Elizabeth Taylor--a woman of wit, with a gift for vivid images and sudden, blazing insights into herself and the extraordinary world in which she has always lived. Her story--together with fifty-six photographs by her oldest friend, actor Roddy McDowall, plus a collection from her family album--becomes the unparalleled self-revelation of a world-wide star in all her strengths and frailties, her angers and aspirations, her joys and sorrows....
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Elizabeth Taylor Reviews
This chatty memoir, put together while Taylor was a newlywed with Richard Burton for the first time, made me sad. She writes about all the people wounded by the Taylor-Burton affair--his wife (whom she liked) and kids, her husband (not to mention his ex-wife and kids whose childhoods were wrecked, as Carrie Fisher's memoirs make clear) and Taylor's own kids from two earlier marriages and one recent adoption. Taylor says that she and Burton will have to be married for at least the next 25 years to make all that destruction worthwhile... Twenty-three years later she will have published a second memoir, advising women to stop eating fried chicken and start eating small portions of beef covered by peanut butter. But here she's carefree about her weight, claiming to delight in the fact that Burton, her son's classmates, and she herself have noticed that she's fat. There's even a photograph of smiling Taylor, about to pounce on a piece of fried chicken.Other aspects of Taylor's 1960s lifestyle also don't bode well. She's happy to be subordinate to Burton, thinks it's fun when he rages at her to the point of kicking over televisions and alarming the neighbors, and promises to stand by him if he ever decides to have an affair. She feels guilty about her three divorces but relieved that her children finally have a stepfather they seem to care about. She has started saving her film wages in trust funds for her kids and thinks it's time she and Burton stop burning through his money on unnecessary items--yet she can't stop herself from loving jewels.The pictures are really wonderful. Roddy McDowall lovingly captured some fun moments of Taylor and her family.
This is a must-read for fans of Elizabeth Taylor, a 1964 memoir by the lady herself. Of course there was still plenty of drama to come, but this really captures her in the prime of life better than any biography could. It was written with Richard Meryman - the last journalist to interview Marilyn Monroe - and the book has that same plaintive style. Also, it includes around 40 lovely, informal photos taken by Elizabeth's lifelong friend, Roddy McDowall.
According to Donald Spoto's A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor, this book is a transcription of taped interviews for Life magazine. They were done after the filming of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but before its release. So it's in the early years of her scandalous marriage to Richard Burton, the second great love of her life. It's all very breezy, shallow as a puddle, apologetic sometimes, and marvelous. Her marriages and illnesses are whipped through in no time. There are many photographs, most taken by her old pal Roddy McDowall. If you're a fan, and can find a copy of this book, it's worth the day or so it will take you to read it.
I expected much more when I heard about this book. Elizabeth Taylor is very vague in many aspects of the book. She justifies her affair/marriage to Eddie Fisher which irritated me immensely. She should have just admitted she had done wrong. If you really want to know about her, read another autobiography. She is very repetitive and honestly the book is dull. Plus, she spent a good portion just talking about how wonderful her kids are.
Good read in her own words. ICON, LEGEND, HUMANITARIAN, OSCAR WINNER. Elizabeth Taylor wrote this book before her work began in her fight for a cure for HIV/AIDS. Her legacy now will include her 27 year humanitarian work. This book tells a great deal about Elizabeth through her "amazing eyes." The cover photo is stunning and worth buying the book just to see this photo.
I've always loved Elizabeth Taylor. When she passed, my mom and I argued whether she had written an autobiography. I was wrong.
is a lie a lie if you believe it?