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Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor

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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 celebritie ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 31st 2001 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1990)
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C.S. Burrough
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
Merja Pohjola
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 any ...more
Bonni Sweet
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.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Kimberly Allen
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Nancy Shoemake
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This book provides an extensive portrayal of her life- to a point of ad nauseam.
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read the 1990 edition fontana
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
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