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The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  110 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Test Ellis Amburn's magnificent biography of the Academy Award®-winning actress and legendary beauty captures the unparalleled Elizabeth in all her tragedy and splendor—her tumultuous loves, her doomed affections, her shocking excesses, her courage, and her inimitable style. Filled with stunning revelations about the men in her life—Burton, Clift, Hilton, Dean, Fisher—it i ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 3rd 2000 by HarperEntertainment (first published May 1st 2000)
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Jul 14, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
A fun, Salacious, & Entertaining read.
Dona Krueger
Sep 01, 2012 Dona Krueger rated it liked it

I tried to imagine myself as this little girl - then the captivating creature she became and realized there was no way to understand Elizabeth. Her incredible nned for admiration - her legions of lovers,drugs, alcohol, husbands and expectations. Then her tireless work for AIDS. Seeing her in
"Cat on a hot tin Roof" she is undeniably one of the most beautiful women in the world - and in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" that to me, is Elizabeth Taylor. I would like to have met her and talked to her
Sep 01, 2013 Aly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Elizabeth Taylor has long been someone I've looked up to. She's more than a woman who was married almost 10 times, she's a survivor and that's what drew me to her. This was in my opinion the best bio out there about her and I've read a few
Renee Kujawski
I was surprised - didn't know much about her. Sounds like this author is reputable. Now I'd like to read more about her.
Aug 12, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
I thought this a very good biography on Elizabeth Taylor, and it really gave me a real view of her life. I knew she had gone through a lot of things, but I was never aware of how serious her problems were and how much she suffered. I pictured her childhood as a perfect fairytale not understanding just how terrible it seemed to be besides those few good moments. Then again she was rich, beautiful, and seemed to always be happy, who wouldn't assume that her life was perfect but that's where we are ...more
Ashanti Miller
Nov 14, 2012 Ashanti Miller rated it it was amazing
I liked this book, especially Amburn’s dichotomy of loving asexual relationships and loveless sexual ones. Thank you, I can relate. Elizabeth’s relationship in Montgomery Clift is so beautifully written, I could just cry. Prince Charming with sincerity, for a girl is a Gay man…a unicorn. However, to no fault of the author, I don’t believe Ms. Taylor struggled much for roles like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford did. Davis and Crawford really had to reinvent themselves as they got older but Taylor k ...more
Apr 25, 2007 Carolanne rated it liked it
Hmmm...I don't know about the "courage" part.... it doesn't sound very couragous to attemp sucide several times and to leave....uh, I think I am on the 4th husband and I am not even half way through the book.
I watched "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A place in the Sun" almost back to back so I had to read this bio that I have had laying around for ages.
I don't realize that Hollywood was so full of drugs, sex (mostly gay it seems) and such in the 40's and 50's. This book just seems like to much dram
Diane Raitanen
Sep 03, 2015 Diane Raitanen rated it really liked it
Great summertime reading! It is a bit dated now - but still gives a complete history of Elizabeth up until 2000. It showed her in a full 360 perspective, with the good along with the bad parts of her life. She did a lot of good for AIDS research and was very sympathetic to the homosexual community. Also she was a diva, extravagant, overbearing and selfish with her lovers, of which, there were many! I love reading about these uninhibited, voracious, passionate women! I think the author did a good ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
What a life! I enjoy biographies, but tend to read about 19th century robber-barons. I loved reading about Taylor's life. I knew she had a history of tragedy and alcoholism, but had no idea how physically frail she was. The book itself is well-written and enjoyable. However the scholar in me was annoyed by the lack of primary sources and interviews. The author told Taylor's story by weaving together published material and other celebrity biographies. Pretty shabby.
Michelle Mccrary
Jul 03, 2011 Michelle Mccrary rated it liked it
Even though the book had an odd, almost incomplete ending, it was pretty interesting to see how Elizabeth Taylor helped usher in the economy of the big budget movie star salary. It was also sad to see how many talented actors were trapped in the "celluiloid closet" and how it ruined their lives in some cases. I wanted to know more about Michael Jackson and Taylor-there wasn't enough of that. Great beach read.
Mar 09, 2012 Maxtonio rated it really liked it
Interesting, but way too much sex stuff. Did I really need to know what someone thought of Montgomery Clift's foreskin? Although I had always liked Elizabeth Taylor, after reading this book, she appears to be someone totally immersed in herself and concerned only with her own appetites, from sex to drugs to food.
Kris - My Novelesque Life

This was my first biography of Elizabeth Taylor and it was a great insight inside the super gorgeous star. I was surprised to learn that she stood by Rock Hudson when he was diagnosed with HIV during the hysteria. Her generousity, search for love, vulnerability and diva-ness makes me want to read more about her.
Feb 17, 2015 Debbie rated it it was ok
Super gossipy, long book about Elizabeth Taylor. This is one of those books you're a bit ashamed to have read but enjoyed while you were doing it. The updated ending seemed to have been hastily done and jumped around everywhere.
Apr 03, 2011 Roxanne rated it liked it
Wow! I don't know how this woman had time for kids. She was too busy swearing, drinking and having sex. Very entertaining, but can't she her life is one I would be proud of. I guess when you are a child star you have a lot of "garbage" to work through. This woman was both blessed and cursed.
Jessica T.
Sep 01, 2013 Jessica T. rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I didn't really care for this at all... my summary- everyone was a homosexual.. Elizabeth Taylor always looked sexy and trim.. she drank too much and ended up in the hospital where they prescribed her pain pills (which she abused)... P.S. she will steal your husband.
Sep 29, 2012 Cindy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was well researched but the author seems compelled to put as many factoids in as possible even when they are about secondary or tertiary people in Elizabeth's life. Therefore the pace seems slow and takes a life of incredible drama and renders it dry and somewhat boring.
May 09, 2011 Vicki rated it liked it
Interesting read, Dame Elizabeth sure had a full life of many wild & crazy experiences.
Nov 11, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
Definitely pro Elizabeth, but not entirely blind to her faults, this book told me much I did not know about her.
Apr 12, 2016 Jeannie rated it liked it
Ugh...found it at the hotel pool. It was tawdry and fascinating and I couldn't look away. Vintage Hollywood history though if you are interested in that kind of thing...
Natalie Carvajal
Jun 18, 2011 Natalie Carvajal marked it as to-read
I bought a copy of this book at Walmart as I've been eyeing it for a while and I had just gotten paid...we'll see.
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