How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood

How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood

by William J. Mann
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How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wrote one review before and now im going to spell this book out for you, fantastic! A lot of you know me as the 11year old vintage read o holic. But im not kidding when i tell you this is a 5 star book, its the real deal. I encouridge everyone thats a liz taylor fan to read it and you wont be wasting you time or money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for anyone fascinated with "old-time" Hollywood and especially the mystique of Elizabeth Taylor.
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TOverton More than 1 year ago
Yes she had the mouth of a sailor. She could curse like a plumber but acting before a camera she could do better than anyone in Hollywood circles will forever be her most outstanding legacy. Mann entertains. I love his writting style. Everything about Elizabeth can not be written in one book however for one who was aware of her but too young to follow her life I have certainly been informed here. Oh the actress! I want to see every film now. Mann's little extras surrounding certain films will aide my attention to them. The photographs supplied visually inform as well. Elizabeth at 17 was one knockout as well as in so many years following. Once underawy reading I picked the book up at least three times a day. I have to qualify that nearly every page held my interest. There was something everywhere that kept my intrigue on a continuum. It was a lot of fun.
mvaluri More than 1 year ago
A very interesting account of Elizabeth Taylor's rise to stardom. There are some nice insider references to her friendships among the actors she worked with at the time, and a good overall picture is presented of the machinations of the Hollywood studios of the time,down to orchestrating marriages for the sake of publicity
GeorgePorge More than 1 year ago
ALTHOUGH I HAVE READ SEVERAL BIOS AND AUTOBIOS ON LIZ, THIS BOOK POINTED OUT ASPECTS OF HER INNER PERSONALITY I WAS NOT AWARE OF. THE BOOK ALSO MADE REFERENCE TO THE FACT LIZ WAS THE ORIGINAL MOVIE STAR BEING PURSUED BY THE PRESS- SHE KINDA GOT IT ALL STARTED. I COLLECT AND ENJOY STORIES BY AND ABOUT REAL PEOPLE AND THIS ONE WAS ONE OF THE BETTER ONES I HAVE READ . I WAS THRILLED TO GET IT AS A CHRISTMAS GIFT.
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unionmark More than 1 year ago
If the author of this book was ever the subject of a biography, the above would be a good title based on the over-admiring but very well-documented writing about a real movie star. Whether you love Miz Liz and her art, or believe her to be a somewhat nutty and slutty figure who can't act, the author provides a wonderful and engaging background of her life in Hollywood and beyond.
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Read about 250 pages. I am done.
TomOLeary More than 1 year ago
"How to Be a Movie Star" is another in depth and delicious movie star biography by writer William Mann. This book focuses on the woman who rose higher and plummeted lower than any other star in Hollywood : Elizabeth Taylor. This book is a page turner that is written in Technicolor! One almost feels as if one were reading a supremely intelligent but also funny graduate thesis written by Pedro Almodovar. (Elizabeth Taylor directed by Pedro Almodovar, now wouldn't that have been something?) The Elizabeth Taylor we discover within these delicious pages---stunningly well lit by millions of paparazzi through the decades---is a talented actress with a voracious appetite. An appetite for fame, for men, for diamonds, for food, for booze, for privacy, for motherhood and finally for more men. What Elizabeth seems to have little appetite for is what first made her famous: her acting. Reading Mann's gorgeous book I got an inkling of why Elizabeth became such devoted friends with Michael Jackson. Both were thrust into the limelight against their will by bullying parents (her mother/his father) at an impossibly early age. Both tasted fame at that early age but then began to lose their fame as they aged. Both then became even more monstrously famous. In different decades, but very similarly, Elizabeth and Michael each were the most talked about person on planet earth. Ms. Taylor's lack of true love for acting and her insatiable need for baubles, bust-ups and booze caused her to make some truly, truly dreadful late-in-her-career films. But her fans must be thankful that she never followed other screen divas down the horror movie path. (Paging Trog!) And we fans can be truly thankful for the many good movies Ms. Taylor did grace the screen in. And Elizabeth's late-in-life AIDS philanthropy (not really dealt with in this book) in many ways outshines even her greatest screen performances. Thank you, William Mann, for hitting another home run out of the park. I can't wait to read your next beautifully-researched and delicious bio. Could I interest you in a book about 60's British Female Stars? I believe Vanessa, Glenda and Julie are awaiting your discerning eye and pen. Bravo!
SagebrushCA More than 1 year ago
William J. Mann is definitely getting into the business of writing trash celebrity biographies joining the likes of Darwin Porter, David Bret and Marc Eliot. The book is full of anonymous sources, misinformation and fictionalized events. There's plenty of books about Taylor around. Skip this one.
Jon Thele More than 1 year ago
John Glenn did not orbit the moon!