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A & E Biography Series: Elizabeth Taylor [VHS]

Elizabeth Taylor  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: A & E Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: December 23, 1996
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302985064
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A star at age 15, married at 17, and a woman of legendary beauty, she became one of the most popular movie personalities of all time yet her greatest roles were played offscreen. Considered one of the world's most beautiful women, Elizabeth Taylor's life has been filled with Oscar-winning performances, legendary love affairs, eight marriages, drug addiction, brushes with death, and ultimate recognition as the grande dame of American cinema. Here, close friends including Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood and Roddy McDowall, the real Liz is finally revealed. See scenes from some of her greatest performances, and trace the ups and downs of her legendary career and battles with personal demons. Take a fabulous, fascinating look at the life of the woman whose name defines the term "movie star."

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2.0 out of 5 stars A & E Biography Elizabeth Taylor October 14, 2013
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This video was packaged nicely but, you could tell that the video had been watched excessively. It messed up really bad while playing on my VCR/DVD player. Who knows how long the provider actually had the tape. They shoudn't have sent it to me knowing that it might not play right. Poorly played video.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! Awful! Awful! Awful! July 23, 2012
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The biography is superb, but the quality is awful and the sound is way below and acceptable rate. I suggest to other Elizabeth Taylor fans, that you don't purchase this item!
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Even in lower quality black and white film, the beauty of Elizabeth Taylor is evident on this tape. Her life was one of tragedy with several near death experiences yet she exhibited a tenacity that few ever demonstrate. Her courage in advocating for HIV positive and AIDS patients was a rare thing, for she stood up for them when there was a great deal of hysteria regarding the disease.
Elizabeth became a movie star at a very young age, largely due to her beauty. The announcers talk about how she looked much older than her teen years and that is very true, at 17 her age appeared to be in the mid twenties.
One other important point repeatedly made in the narration is how much the studios controlled the lives of their stars in those years. Even Elizabeth's high school graduation ceremony was an event staged by the studio, the guests and other "graduates" were all hired for their parts. She was sheltered from the world of boys, in response Elizabeth and her fellow young actors formed a club so that the young male and female actors and actresses could interact and date outside the prescribed studio group.
While the tabloid fodder is well covered in this tape, one glaring absence is any significant discussion of her children beyond their births. This is puzzling, although in some sense understandable because there was so much turmoil for the press to print and display.
There is much to admire about Elizabeth Taylor, the death of husband Mike Todd in a plane crash, her many illnesses that almost led to her death and the turmoil in her personal life would have destroyed most people. She was a poster girl for the term survivor and her work in advocating for HIV/AIDS patients was one of the most courageous humanitarian acts every performed by a screen star. Her life was dynamic, she was far more than just a beauty and her substance is well displayed on this tape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Biography of a Magnificent Actress!! January 3, 2003
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The A&E Biography of the life and career of the famed actress Elizabeth Taylor is a must see!!Liz Rules!!
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