Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor

by Alexander Walker
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Film critic for the London Evening Standard , Walker presents one of the world's most chronicled women, whose turbulent life has been eerily reflected, or anticipated, in her movies and plays: from National Velvet and Cleopatra (on the set of which she fell in love with Richard Burton) to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Private Lives. Walker shows how Taylor has indulged her passions, re-created herself in the image of each new lover, husband or project, and in due course flourished after rounds of combat with the public, the press, her weight and illness. Unfortunately, Walker repeats himself and reaches unsuccessfully--and unnecessarily--for dramatic effect. For example, referring to Taylor's fourth husband, Eddie Fisher, a protege of her third husband, Mike Todd--who died in a plane crash in 1958--Walker writes: ``He stepped into Todd's shoes, and ultimately into his bed.'' Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Walker, British film critic and biographer of stars, will hardly have the last word on Elizabeth Taylor, not as long as there's a tabloid press. His bio is breezy but not too light, colorful but not too gossipy, critical but not too bitchy. Its first half is its better half, detailing Liz's early years at MGM and her marriages to Nicky Hilton and Michael Wilding. Once Richard Burton enters the picture, Walker seems to lose steam and interest. Their most public antics now seem silly and boring, and since her Oscar-winning performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , Taylor's career has been in free fall. Still, a decent addition to the Taylor archives.-- Thomas Wiener, formerly with ``American Film,'' Washington, D.C.
Booknews
A serious and thorough biography, including 32 pages of b&w photos. Walker has previously related the lives of Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Peter Sellers, and Bette Davis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821742693
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/01/1993
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.89(h) x 1.37(d)

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