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For more than six decades she has been part of our lives. An American icon, Elizabeth Taylor has been surrounded by fame and notoriety since childhood. Now acclaimed biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli looks past the tabloid version of Elizabeth's life to the person she really is -- and how she evolved from a child star to a woman in her own right. At the heart of this impeccably researched work is the first fully realized portrait of Elizabeth Taylor's family: her canny, controlling mother, who, from the moment she laid eyes on her baby, began plotting her success; and her father, often portrayed as distant, but whose connection with his daughter was far more complex than people knew. As Taraborrelli brings to life the people around Elizabeth and her rise in 1940s Hollywood, he reveals the qualities that made her a star, the associations that put her at the right place at the right time, and the ways in which she was singularly unprepared for life out on her own. While Elizabeth's eight marriages to seven men have been widely publicized, this author examines the psychological and emotional roots of each relationship, including her abusive marriage to Nicky Hilton, her attraction to swashbuckling Mike Todd, and the complex, incendiary Taylor-Burton love affair that continued for decades and never truly died. Finally, Taraborrelli chronicles Elizabeth's most bravura performance of all. Despite the highly public battles with substance abuse and chronic illness, she achieved new success and sustenance in family, friendships, and philanthropy. With never-before-published family photos by Taylor historian Tom Gates, as well as rare family photos, Elizabeth is the story of a woman you thought you knew -- and can now finally begin to understand.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780446532549
Characteristics: x, 548 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 03, 2018

(*Elizabeth Taylor quote*) - "I can't remember a day when I wasn't famous."

If I were to best describe Elizabeth Taylor's celebrated life to you in just 3 words - Those 3 words would probably be - Scandalous - Dramatic - Diamond-studded...... (Uh... Need I say more?)

Already on her way to becoming a Hollywood star at the age of 10 - This celebrity-biography covers Taylor's active life (that was forever in the spotlight) quite thoroughly.

Of course - You may find that you do not much like the woman that author, Randy Taraborrelli reveals to you in his book, as it strips away the glossy veneer to portray Taylor as she really was - Arrogant, attention-seeking, avaricious, reckless, monstrous towards her peers, generous, even foolish at times but, above all (through the tumultuous relationships and the personal mayhem) a survivor.

Also included in this book of 548 pages is a 24-page photo gallery, as well.

This biography was publish back in 2006. Elizabeth Taylor died in 2011 at the age of 79.

Nov 11, 2017

This biography was written about Elizabeth Taylor 5 years before her death in 2011. It certainly covers all the glamour, all the drama, and all the excitement of this movie-star legend's life. It also contains a 24-page photo gallery for your added enjoyment.

Apr 12, 2016

cool book

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Jan 27, 2015

black_bird_368 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 12


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