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Elizabeth Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2007
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This version of her life story really makes you feel as though you actually know Elizabeth Taylor personally. I am now a HUGE fan, and I admire this classy woman so much as a person, void of the Elizabeth Taylor persona she seems to turn on at will. This book brilliantly points out the extremely generous side of one of Hollywood's Living Legends.
Definitely a MUST READ for any Elizabeth Taylor fan, or just a fan of Hollywood reading. You WILL be a fan after reading it!
Author J. Randy Taraborrelli seems unable, even with a team of researchers, to quote accurately from the books from which he cribs his material ("Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry," in particular, from which he lifts many anecdotes without attribution).
Taraborrelli's insight, if you can call it that, on Taylor is that she is not too introspective (no!) and that fame corrupts (how deep!).
He gives a superficial account of early Taylor's life. Her childhood and first four marriages whiz by like the unspooling of an outdated filmstrip. Given Taylor's assertion that her father "batted me around a bit," the book's omission of this aspect of her childhood is glaring. As Taylor's life progresses, Taraborrelli adds more detail as source material becomes easier to find. The reader then is treated to all kinds of meaningless vignettes about Taylor's last three marriages, and torturous detail about her recurring addictions and multiplying health problems (though details seem to conflict with other sources).
Taraborrelli gushes over Taylor's beauty, the (questionable) talents of her many spouses, and how miraculously well-adjusted and normal her children are. Some of these descriptions are obsequious enough to induce a cringe. Other descriptions make one wonder just how much research he did for this book. For instance, he never explored references to one of Taylor's sons having joined a cult in his youth, and descriptions elsewhere of her children being dirty and neglected while she drank and partied.
The book makes clear that Taraborrelli or his staff did interview people, probably a lot of people.Read more ›
Elizabeth Taylor was born to the quintessential stage mom, who kept her apart from her father and brother, and turned her into a winsome child star. She was America's sultry, sweet young girl, who married a millionaire playboy -- and divorced him after he abused her.
A string of high-profile husbands immediately followed, and Taylor's image changed from widow to lusty black widow, from international glamour star to a gracious politician's wife. But she had more than marriages in her life -- she also had numerous health problems, overdoses, an addiction to painkillers that led to a stint at the Betty Ford, and finally work as an AIDS rights activist.
Taraborrelli obviously has a lot of enthusiasm for Taylor, but there aren't many facts that haven't beem covered by other books. So he settles for focusing on the lives of certain peripheral characters (such as Francis, Taylor's downtrodden father), and trying to understand Taylor's emotions and motivations throughout the worst times of her life.
Unfortunately, there's still nothing here that is new, and Taraborrelli can't quite keep himself from including items that are of sketchy origin -- they read like he was writing a novel. Her movies are pretty much footnotes, and he tends to skim over the scandals, overdoses and the reasons for some of her divorces -- namely, Taylor's own capriciousness.
Even worse, Taylor's first four husbands are faceless footnotes, even her vibrant soulmate Mike Todd.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book. It gave me a lot of insight into her personal life.Published 3 months ago by Nancy
By far the best bio on Elizabeth that I've read. Accurately covers her life from childhood through stardom to the very end. Great read.Published 5 months ago by traveler77
A well written book, and I felt the research was well investigated, by talking to people who knew Elizabeth, all put together in a very good read, couldn't book the book down,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mrs
This is coming from someone who is well-versed in Elizabeth and has read numerous bios on the woman. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alyssa
Real quick read. I will read anything about her. Loved her all my life. Wish she was still with us. Taylor and Burton a force to be reckoned with.Published 11 months ago by BARBARA TURANO
Ordinarily, readers might question the logic of a new tome on a celebrity who already has at least six full-length biographies (and four self-penned books) devoted to her life, but... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pageturner in NYC
Part of the fun about reading a biography is looking at the photos of the subject's life. In this book - on my Kindle HD - there are none but the cover. Not very happy about that.Published 17 months ago by Margaret E Bier