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Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star [Paperback]

Kitty Kelley , K. K.
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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (25 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451656769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451656763
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,068,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Taylor Reprint with new afterword. Previously pubished: New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981. Full description

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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New 4 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I knew I was buying gossip, but preferably some "new" gossip. Not the case. Glad I did not spend more than a couple of pounds on "old news".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and revealing......Queen Bee Liz 10 Mar 2011
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I have always been fascinated by Elizabeth Taylor. I adored Richard Burton, and was drawn into their love, life and subsequent demise.
I was hoping to find a generous, kind, drama queen in Liz, and a sensitive passionate man in Burton, but on reading this book, all illusions have been (rightly) shattered.
Kelleys'information sources seem very sound, and truthful. She plays Elizabeth through from her early family life through to her marriage to a US senator very skillfully, drawing in characters and friends that Elizabeth depends on so crucially.
I started the book enjoying Liz. I ended it totally demoralised and disappointed in this woman who used her fame to get what she wanted, and didn't really put anything back. She turns out to be as shallow as a saucer and as greedy as Midas. Burton also has huge ego issues, and is quite a spiteful, greedy character.
Sadly it only goes to her 7th marriage, so hopefully she has a renaissance and changes dramatically, but if you want to see this lusty, greedy woman at her best, then read this book.

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2.0 out of 5 stars No narrative--no interest 26 Dec 2010
By Susan Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A better written than normal Kitty Kelley book on Elizabeth Taylor 26 Jun 2010
By ATB / Molly Black - Published on Amazon.com
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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2.0 out of 5 stars It read like Kelly was putting little snippets of paper together to make a page. 24 Feb 2013
By Sharon Biscardi - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book. 3 Feb 2012
By P. DePew - Published on Amazon.com
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Elizabeth T aylor: The Star was a good book. It revealed a lot about celebrity live. Elizabeth Taylor was a very interesting peson. I enjoyed learning more about her life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriging details of the life of Elizabeth Taylor. 18 Aug 2013
By Pat Sheppard-Cunningham - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting, and a page turner.I would say this book compares to Barbqara Sinatra's My Life with Frank which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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