Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Jun 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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Elizabeth Taylor is perhaps the most “public” of the great stars: an Oscar-winning actress who has lived her entire life in the glare of the spotlights. Much has been written about her; now, for the first time, Elizabeth offers a serious, in-depth look at one of the great legends of Hollywood. With the readability, sensitivity, and thoroughness that have made his previous biographies best-sellers, Alexander Walker explores the roots of Taylor’s extraordinary personality and reveals the secret not only of her success, but of her survival.

Here is a life to rival the very movies she played in, told with immense candor, wit, and sympathy: from her privileged London childhood, the enormous influence of her strong-willed mother, and her swift rise to stardom in such films as National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, and the catastrophe-ridden Cleopatra; to her six husbands, her desperate need to love and be loved, her obsession with jewelry, and the amazing resilience that helped her weather not only condemnation for “the most public adultery in history,” but also dramatic illnesses that have brought her to the verge of death—and, according to her, beyond.

Using scores of unpublished documents and interviews with those who know Taylor best, as well as his own meetings with her over the past thirty years, Alexander Walker recreates the comedies and tragedies in the life of a woman whose rewards and scandals have become the stuff of legend. Elizabeth has raged through life, ever the hungry explorer, never quite the victim, and Elizabeth provides a fascinating inside look at this perpetually alluring star, a story of contradictions and extremes seldom matched in fact or fiction.
 

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Contents

Sara and Elizabeth 1 LIKE FATHER LIKE MOTHER
A MARVELLOUS FEELING
TROUBLE IN EDEN
SING FOR MISS HOPPER
NATIONAL IDOL
LOVE AND THE LONELY CHILD
WHY SHE IS A WOMAN
AND A DANGEROUS WOMAN
SIC TRANSIT GLORIA
BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH
The Burtons
LE SCANDALE
LAMOUR
O MISTRESS MINE
FROM PURGATORY TO PUERTO VALLARTA
A LIFE IN THE THEATRE

CONSPIRACIES AND SUITORS
THE FIRST DENT
A Star is Made
THE SUN AND THE STARS
A MOVIE ROMANCE
WEDDING OF WEDDINGS
A CLASH OF DYNASTIES
DIVORCEHOLLYWOOD STYLE
GIVE THE GIRL ANYTHING SHE WANTS
BIG MAMA
FAME AND FRUSTRATION
THE CRACKUP
A NEW KIND OF MAN A NEW KIND OF WORLD
HEY BIG SPENDER
THE FALL OF A TYCOON
A FUNERAL IN CHICAGO
THE MATING GAME
FOR THE MONEY WE WILL DANCE
WORK WORK WORKSPEND SPEND SPEND
BARQUES AND BITES
DIAMOND
OH WHERE ARE THE WRITERS TO RESCUE US?
A CHIPMUNK RETURNS
THE FARMER TAKES A WIFE
ISSUES OF WEIGHT
POSITIVELY THEIR LAST APPEARANCE
Surviving
I HAVE NO PLAN TO SUCCUMB
MRS FORTENSKY
UNHAPPY AS LARRY
Chronology
Charts of Elizabeth Taylors Marriages and Family Acknowledgements and Bibliography
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ALEXANDER WALKER's previous books include Vivien: The Life of Vivien Leigh and biographies of Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Peter Sellers, and Bette Davis. He has been the London Evening Standard's award-winning film critic since 1960 and three times has been named Critic of the Year by the British press. His latest biography is Audrey: Her Real Story, the life of Audrey Hepburn, and he has just published an updated and expanded study of Stanley Kubrick.

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