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Based on more than a thousand interviews with stars, directors, producers, designers, friends, family, business associates, employees, and others and on extensive research among previously undisclosed court, business, medical, and studio documents, Liz portrays Taylor's entire life and career in fascinating, revealing detail. Heymann shows us her very public escapades and her most private moments - frequently through the words of those who have known her best. Here are the highs and lows of her movie career and ...
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Overview

Based on more than a thousand interviews with stars, directors, producers, designers, friends, family, business associates, employees, and others and on extensive research among previously undisclosed court, business, medical, and studio documents, Liz portrays Taylor's entire life and career in fascinating, revealing detail. Heymann shows us her very public escapades and her most private moments - frequently through the words of those who have known her best. Here are the highs and lows of her movie career and the intimate circumstances of her marriages to Nicky Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton, Senator John Warner, and Larry Fortensky. Here, too, is the truth about Taylor's father and her friendships with leading men Montgomery Clift, James Dean, and Rock Hudson, as well as with the eccentric Malcolm Forbes and Michael Jackson. From her illnesses, injuries, weight swings, and battles against drug and alcohol dependencies to her sexual exploits, diamond-studded luxury, and tumultuous relationships with husbands and lovers, this is the enormously contradictory and glamorous life of Hollywood's last great star.

The book Elizabeth Taylor tried (and is still trying) to stop--the story of a remarkable life told like never before. From her most private moments to her most public escapades, here are the glorious details that make up the life of one of Hollywood's greatest living legends. 24 pages of photos, many in color. Basis of an NBC miniseries.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a clear-eyed, often startling look at the woman behind the mask, Heymann portrays actress Elizabeth Taylor as, on the one hand, a resilient survivor of career droughts, emotional disasters, drug and alcohol addiction and illnesses, and on the other, an acquisitive, overindulged, caustic, wildly romantic narcissist urgently needing love and attention. The main outlines of the story are familiar: the London-born child star, overprotected by an ambitious mother and an alcoholic father, breaks away from studio regimentation by marrying hotel heir Conrad ``Nicky'' Hilton, an alcoholic wife-beater, followed by a succession of husbands whom she generally treats shabbily. Nevertheless, Heymann, bestselling biographer of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Barbara Hutton, interviewed hundreds of Taylor's friends, lovers, co-workers and associates, whose candid recollections, seamlessly woven into the narrative, provide a wealth of intimate detail found in no other biography. Although Donald Spoto's new biography of Taylor, A Passion for Life (Forecasts, March 20), is more analytical, sharply focused and much stronger on film criticism, Heymann's portrait will rivet fans. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806580029
  • Publisher: Carol Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Citadel Stars Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 526
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author


C. David Heymann is the New York Times bestselling author of several biographies, including Bobby and Jackie, American Legacy, The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club, and RFK: A Candid Biography of Robert F. Kennedy. He lives and works in Manhattan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Poor Elizabeth

    Good book, but she never really knew what REAL LIFE was. Never had a childhood, or any normal life. Just too beautiful a woman. A god read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Nessa

    Umm......wow. tricky stuff.....umm....id keep the kids fir sure. And id move on with my life. U deserve waaaaay better. And eventually u will find a guy who wont care that u have twins...im sorry but thats all the advice i can give right now.

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    Posted April 3, 2012

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