Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption

Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption

by Ellis Cashmore


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The first volume to examine the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in this light, Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption paints Taylor as the seminal representation of “celebrity.” A figure of enormous charisma and cultural sway, she intrigued a global audience with her marriages and extra-marital improprieties, as well as her extravagant jewelry, her never-ending illnesses, her dependency on alcohol, and her perplexing friendship with Michael Jackson. Despite her continued world-renown, however, most people would be hard-pressed to name even three of her films, though she made over seventy.

Ellis Cashmore traces our modern, hyperactive celebrity culture back to a single instant in Taylor's life: the publicizing of her scandalous affair with Richard Burton by photographer Marcelo Geppetti in 1962, which announced the arrival of a new generation of predatory photojourbanalists and, along with them, a strange conflation between the public and private lives of celebrities. Taylor's life and public reception, Cashmore reveals, epitomizes the modern phenomenon of “celebrity.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628920697
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/25/2016
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,193,322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama's America and other books such as Martin Scorsese's America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

Timeline: Life and Times

1. The Most Public of Private Lives
2. Animal Delight
3. Like A Million Dollars
4. With Human Failings
5. Inseparable from the Gossip
6. Dismantling the Fantasy
7. Believing and Wanting to Believe
8. Beyond Condemnation
9. The Devil's Work
10. Every Fiber of My Soul
11. Facing Oblivion
12. Voyeurs and Performers
13. Rules of Engagement
14. No Life Without
15. Everything is for Sale
16. Other People's Lives
17. On Dangerous Ground
18. Only the Custodian
19. Nobody Can Hurt Her


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