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Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star by [Kelley, Kitty]
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“The Elizabeth Taylor of this unauthorized biography is, in her way, a romantic.”—The New YorkTimes

About the Author

Kitty Kelleyis an internationally acclaimed writer whose bestselling biographies focus on some of the most influential and powerful personalities of the last fifty years. Kelley s last five biographies have been #1 "New York Times" bestsellers. Kelley lives in Washington, DC, and you can visit her online at KittyKelleyWriter.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1319 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W3UD7G
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Susan Reynolds on December 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have read several biographies about Elizabeth Taylor and this one is not good at all. I rarely give bad reviews, but this book is just terrible. There isn't a narrative at all. The author simply strings "facts" together in a semi-chronological way. She breezes through the first marriages, and, other than a few quotes (can't find any attribution though) by Elizabeth, she doesn't attempt to validate anything said. Ugh. Just don't buy this book. It is a disappointment.
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Great Book
Liz was a very passionate and compassionate woman. Like most people who are confused she had a mother problem.
Her mother used her and the woman used everyone else. It seemed to me that she was searching all of her life for direction and only took it from the worst people. She took on the personality and even the Jewish sayings of Mike Todd and Eddie Fisher. I laughed out loud every time she used Jewish expressions as if she were a Jewish person. Of course she picked these up from Mike and Eddie. She really loved Todd and Burton. Todd was good to her and I think the strong father she never had. Burton was just a run of the mill abusive alcoholic and she never should have gotten involved with him in the first place. She also was an alcoholic but not a "mean drunk" like he was. He was a disgusting vile drunk. She went from one jerk to another but she managed to help a lot of people along the way. You will love this book as I can't imagine anyone not liking any book by Kitty Kelly. The Family (Bush) is fabulous unless of course you like or respect any of them. Sinatra is great as is Nancy Reagan unless of course you liked or respected these two. I always liked and felt sorry for Liz as it was obvious she had a lousy, selfish mother who never lifted a finger to raise her self-esteem. Her father was a weak man so what chance did she have?
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Format: Hardcover
I have to admit that this is the best book of Kitty Kelley's that I've read. Most of her books she uses a terrible form of shorthand style writing. It isn't journalism and it's not made up but the way she writes I would expect more badly written books but, in this case, she finds a good person to write about and gets the naughtiness dished up in an what strikes me as a fairly discreet way. Her writing style also appears to have had a firm editor that kept their hand on the equivalent of a tiller.

It is definitely less of an attack book than some of her others and it definitely gives Liz her shining star to place next to her two Oscars.

Recommended if you want a decently written long gossip column, so to speak, on the ever intriguing Elizabeth Taylor. I've re-read it several times when I've needed just something to pass the time (I'm a very fast reader) so I give it four stars since the writing still does leave something to be desired, but it came fairly close to getting a fifth star.
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Dry and choppy. Not much that wasn't already known. Don't think this one was worth the money. Would have been nice to have had some pictures.
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I read this when it first came out, and thought that it was terribly entertaining and racy... enough to warrant purchasing another copy. Truth is, it's still okay, but it didn't really hold up, over the years, that well. The fun parts didn't seem nearly as fun as they did back then. And it bogged down when it got into the boring years when Taylor was attached to Senator John Warner, which was timely at the time, but dull as dishwater.
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By Expressrune on December 3, 2014
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A reader must bear in mind that Kelley is a writer who collects researched material on her subjects and follows well, for the most part, chronological order of the individuals' life and events. If a reader is looking for a biography type work which incorporates flourish and some fantasy, this isn't it. We can't know precisely what is exactly fact and fiction, but I think that Kelley is one of the best authors in chronicling the lives of those famous/infamous including gossip as well as interview material. For me anyway, it's difficult to admire Liz Taylor. My personal opinions of her remain low. In my opinion , she was evidently, a histrionic, self indulgent and whining woman. When Taylor mentioned in a interview with Oprah that she was a "survivor" it was hard for me to not guffaw. I would think all the women, marriages and careers she helped to end, might be considered themselves "survivors" of Ms. Taylor. Her forays into charity were always highly publicized with her appearing saintly and noble. I also recall an interview wherein she blamed Richard Burton for her alcoholism and said she drank heavily to keep him company. Nothing is further from the truth. Taylor began her drinking career at about nineteen. Personally, I always felt she became a star purely through her looks. Her high pitched whiny voice certainly could never be considered an audio asset. A reader who doesn't live with rose tinted lenses on, and would like to read about Taylor and the horrors of her dysfunctional lifestyle as well as those around her, would find this book eye opening and insightful.
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Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Taylor:The Last Star by Kitty Kelley tells the story of Elizabeth Taylor. Not till her death like more recent books, this is still good. Anyone who is interested in Elizabeth Taylor ,or the Golden Age of Hollywood will like this the most.
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