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American Legends: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

*Includes pictures of Taylor and important people, places, and scenes.
*Includes Taylor's own quotes about her upbringing, films and relationships.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a Table of Contents.

"I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions." – Elizabeth Taylor

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Hollywood is full of cautionary tales for child actors like Judy Garland, Jackie Coogan, and Macaulay Caulkin, who all soared to fame in their youth only to suffer family feuds, drug addiction, or other ill effects of becoming famous so early in life. Even those child actors for whom stardom was not traumatic, such as Shirley Temple, had great difficulty succeeding in Hollywood as an adult, with their careers effectively over by the time they reached adulthood. Child actors may or may not enjoy the fame bestowed upon them so early in life, but their fame has almost always come at a cost, especially since it has traditionally been difficult for audiences to disassociate them from their early roles.

On the other hand, the life of Elizabeth Taylor bears little in common with the paradigm of the troubled child star. After arriving in the United States at the age of 9, Taylor was indoctrinated into the life of the Hollywood studio system shortly after child stars Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, but while Garland suffered great trauma at the hands of the studio system, Taylor’s early experience in Hollywood represented the flip side of the coin. Groomed for a life in Hollywood by her zealous mother, Taylor enjoyed her life in the motion picture industry and reveled in the privileged lifestyle and opportunities she enjoyed by virtue of her profession. Acting supplied her with a lavish lifestyle and, more importantly for her, constant attention. From an early age, Taylor displayed a vociferous love for living in the public eye.

Another difference separating her from other child stars is that Taylor was able to successfully transition from child star to major adult actress; in fact, her fame only escalated as she grew into adulthood. In many ways, Taylor enjoyed being in the public spotlight and living the lifestyle of the rich and famous, and her personal life very much resembled a performance suitable for Hollywood. Taylor faced great adversity throughout her life, including being married on eight different occasions to seven different spouses and fighting battles with weight and drug addiction. Still, while many actors grow resentful of public attention, even during her moments of personal struggle Taylor thrived on public attention and enjoyed a mutually adoring relationship with the American public. She was a creature of the studio system, yet she maintained a dynamic with the public that deviated sharply from the norms of child actors.

American Legends: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor examines the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor, putting the spotlight on Taylor’s child roles and her adult films, and the relationship between the two main stages of her career. Of course, it also documents the notorious elements of her personal life as well. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Elizabeth Taylor like never before, in no time at all.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1289 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (August 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ECI6LC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Catalog of screen star's relationships through life August 11, 2013
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This concise biography is reasonably well written but could use more editing. "... female actress..."? It is a quick read with greater insight than one might expect from a magazine displayed at supermarket checkout.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Took 1/2 hour to read February 20, 2014
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Boring & I felt ripped off. Do not buy! Read in 1/2 hour. Just bunch of new/gossip copied from other writers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Taylor September 12, 2013
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These Charles River books are so short - it's hard to really get a good idea of the "Legends" depicted. I would loved to have had much more information about one of my favorite stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ups And Downs Of A Screen Legend August 10, 2013
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With the biography of Elizabeth Taylor you get all the details of her romances which seem to overshadow her acting career.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good April 3, 2014
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Too short, fast read....She did have a lot of illnesses but she seemed beautiful inside and out. But really too short a biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Taylor March 26, 2014
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A very nice short book filled with everything about her in a short volume. Thank you! Charles River is the place to go for short reads on subjects you care about!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quick reading January 4, 2014
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On a train and was able to read a number of these Charles rivers books. Quick I formative and enjoyable reading.
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A little book, with few pictures, incomplete but not bad. For me as a collector of all about Taylor is another piece of my library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Taylor
Good Actress and the story is short. I can tell you that it is how she got started, but it is worth $3. Bucks. It can be read in 2 hours.
Published 7 months ago by Tiny Bubbles
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this for my 88 yr old home bound mothers Kindel.
Bought this book for my 88 year old mother who is home bound. Downloaded it to her Kindle. She loves reading and loves history, mystery, Sy-Fy, love stories (Amish type, not porn... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary Watkins
3.0 out of 5 stars A basic Liz Taylor bio
This bio is good for those who don't know anything about Elizabeth Taylor. I know enough about her her to want more. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one Diamond
I love all the American Legend books. They give all the high lights of a star's life. I though I knew all of Taylor's life but was suprised too know new details of her life and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by pamela stafford
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
If you wanted to know about some of the smaller details of her life ,you will find it here.
I really enjoyed reading this book.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars succinct and well-written
This engaging and enjoyable can be read in one sitting but provides fascinating insight on this iconic figure of American cinema.
Published 11 months ago by Yatsen Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but interesting
It's a nice and short summary of Liz Taylor's life, interesting to read about her mother and also how she met/married all her husbands.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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