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- Print Length: 497 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (October 21, 2009)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2009
- Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003K16PTQ
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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1. She gave up her US citizenship to avoid income taxes and kept her British citizenship. That meant she was not actually a US citizen when she was married to Senator Warner. She lost some of my respect there and so did he. Of course it was obvious he just used her to get elected.
2. The public hysteria was not spontaneous, it was hype generated by Taylor's personal publicists. I did not know that before I read this book.
3. She did not actually raise her several children herself, hired nannies did it and she just visited with the kids for a little while in the evenings. On the one hand, I think she would have been a better, more grounded person if she had been a more involved, hands-on mother, but on the other hand, it might have been hard on the kids. So who knows.
4. Mann tries to make the case that Taylor was single-handedly responsible for changing the times sociologically. I disagree. Times change, yes, but there are many factors involved. Taylor was just acting out the "me first want it all now no matter what" excesses that were normal for her. Typical of an addict, indulging her addictions was what her life revolved around, and so she could not understand the effect her behavior was having on other people.
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Going in a bit different direction than other biographies, this one focuses more on the making of the Liz "brand" back before creating a brand persona was the norm. It aims to more clearly define fact from fiction and focusing less on scandal details. We all know the many published stories about Taylor and her private life. We also know much of it is fabricated, as almost all publicity in Hollywood was in those days. But this book aims to delve a bit deeper into that subject, which is why the people interviewed for this book are a different crew from those used for other Taylor biographies. I did enjoy seeing Taylor through the eyes of the industry folks who all contributed to her hype, press and manufactured "private life", created exclusively for public consumption. It added a dimension to her that I found decidedly human.
However, William J. Mann's writing becomes tiresome halfway through the book. The many (too many for my taste) references to Hedda Hopper, suggestions that neither Marilyn Monroe, nor Judy Garland could handle their celebrity like "La Liz" and the endless speculations grew irritating and tiresome. On occasions too numerous to count, the author goes off on a stream of assumptions based on the occasional bits of documented fact. Statements like, "she must have been", "one can naturally arrive to the conclusion that" and "she was likely" are sprinkled throughout the book.Read more ›
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Interesting. I always felt sympathy with her, as extreme beauty is a handicap to overcome. Evidently she discovered this and found her own way in spite of it.Published 1 month ago by Dorothy Mattiza
It's fine - I wouldn't pay full price for the book but it discusses the ups & downs of Elizabeth Taylor intelligently.Published on August 9, 2014 by nocooking
HOW TO BE A MOVIE STAR is William J Mann’s miracle of a book that is both about Elizabeth Taylor and not about her, too. Read morePublished on August 4, 2014 by Richard Kramer
He is a n amazingly thorough researcher, an incredibly astute observer of human behavior, and a terrific writer. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Sam Neal
Bring new insights into the life of a very public person. Enjoyed it very much and recommend it to all.Published on April 21, 2014 by SAUL SANCHEZ
First off this is NOT a biography of Taylor. Also it isn't an analysis of her films--there are many other books covering that subject. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Wayne M. Malin
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