The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor

The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor

by Ellis Amburn
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The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor by Ellis Amburn

Ellis Amburn's magnificent biography of the Academy Award®-winning actress and legendary beauty captures the unparalleled Elizabeth in all her tragedy and splendor—her tumultuous loves, her doomed affections, her shocking excesses, her courage, and her inimitable style. Filled with stunning revelations about the men in her life—Burton, Clift, Hilton, Dean, Fisher—it is a glorious celebration of the turbulent life of a brilliant star that none in Hollywood or heaven could ever outshine.

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ISBN-13: 9780061014086
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Ellis Amburn worked as a reporter-researcher at Newsweek before becoming a book editor at Putnam, where he edited Jack Kerouac, John Le Carre, William Golding, Edward Albee, and Paul Gallico. He was also editor-in-chief at Delacorte and William Morrow, and edited/collaborated on books by Shelley Winters, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lana Wood, and with Priscilla Presley on her #1 national bestseller Elvis and Me. Mr. Amburn is the author of The Sexiest Man Alive: A Biography of Warren Beatty; Dark Star: The Roy Orbison Story; Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin; Buddy Holly; and Subterranean Kerouac.

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The Most Beautiful Woman in the World: The Obsessions, Passions, and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a unbiased biography. She is treated as though she was a person and not just a movie star. I expected a rehash of old scandals but I found the story of a complex woman who had some "warts" and some wonderful qualities as well as her well recognized looks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This biography of the woman we are all curious about through the decades of her fame was well worth reading yet quite sad. Lurid on its detailed gossip, if I was Elizabeth I would squirm to have my life exposed like that. Despite her complete lack of insight and her repeated choice of poor and unsuitable mates, the cruelties of those husband(s) using her and abusing her is still hurtful. Their bisexual inclinations and the unmasking of many of Hollywood's other closet gays makes for interesting anecdotes. Here is a woman blessed with extrordinary looks, money, fame and power who couldn't get wean herself away from a bottle of booze or a bottle of pills. What a waste. I can't feel sorry for her -- she never tried to change the pathos of her life -- she just tried to justify it without ever taking any responsibility for her willful frailties. Elizabeth is not a particularly likeable woman here, although because of the melodrama she will always be a fascinating one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With profound insight Ellis Amburn has written the ultimate biography of Elizabeth Taylor.For the first time, the century's pre-eminent star emerges as a character in the round. The author reveals the inner workings and secrets of filmmaking at the superstar level and the power that goes with it. Taylor's tortured relationships with Clift, Burton, James Dean and Mike Todd are revealed in depth. From her temper tantrums, kindness, and profound gift for friendship, Amburn unveils Taylor's complexity as a woman of resiliency, who, despite her self indulgence, wins over the reader. This is a film lover's dream book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The most revealing details on my favorite celebrites. Mont Clift,Richard Burton and the car dealer Henery. Some excellent info on John Warner. He apparently did not love Eliz. Surprisingly that she even considered him for the next husband. Very revealing. Ane the hidden secret was; She was a lush. Her husbands surely covered up for her.