Movies are individually conceived by writers and directors, but movie stars build their roles into brandsand the Taylor brand is startlingly feminist. In her breakout film, "National Velvet" (1944), Taylor challenged gender discrimination, playing a jockey who had to pose as a male to race. Her next landmark, "A Place in the Sun" (1951), tackles abortion rights. In "Butterfield 8" (1960), for which she won an Oscar, Taylor isn't censured because she's a prostitute, but because she chooses the men: she controls her sexuality. And the classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) depicts the anguish that befalls a woman when the only way she can express herself is through her husband's career and children.
Taylor's personal life, too, is remarkable: financially autonomous, she supported her parents as a teenager. As an adult, she has supported the right of people to love whomever they loveregardless of gender. Her legendary friendships with her gay male costars inspired her to become a major fundraiser for AIDS research in the 1980s, before the cause became fashionable.
Drawing upon unpublished letters and scripts, as well as interviews with Gore Vidal, Robert Forster, Austin Pendleton, Kevin McCarthy and others, The Accidental Feminist is a long overdue reappraisal that will surprise and excite a wide range of readers.
|Publisher:||Walker & Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.32(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.82(d)|
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About the Author
M.G. Lord is a celebrated cultural critic and investigative journalist, and the author of Forever Barbie and Astro Turf. Since 1995 she has been a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review and the Times's Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, and ArtForum. Before becoming a freelance writer, Lord was a syndicated political cartoonist and a columnist for Newsday. She teaches at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
1 The Beautiful Somnambulist 1
2 National Velvet, 1944 13
3 1945-1950 23
4 A Place in the Sun, 1951 30
5 1951-1955 39
6 Giant, 1956 44
7 1956-1959 54
8 Suddenly, Last Summer, 1959 68
9 BUtterfield 8, 1960 79
10 1960-1962 90
11 Cleopatra, 1963 97
12 1963-1965 109
13 The Sandpiper, 1965 112
14 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966 122
15 1967-1973 130
16 Ash Wednesday, 1973 137
17 The Little Foxes, 1981 143
18 1982-1984 148
19 Her Greatest Conscious Gift, 1984-2011 156
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