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Elizabeth: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor [Kindle Edition]

J. Randy Taraborrelli
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Elizabeth Taylor is known internationally as one of the most beautiful and talented women ever to grace the silver screen. She has won two Academy Awards and starred in over sixty films. She is just as well known for her tempestuous personal life, marrying eight times and suffering through innumerable health problems. A cultural icon, she has been written about before . . . but never like this.

This moving book traces for the first time Elizabeth's journey through the dark and often lonely world of a fame unparalleled in the 1960s and 1970s, a time during which alcohol and drugs played a major part in her life. It would be with her fifth (and sixth) husband Richard Burton (with whom she made twelve movies, including Cleopatra) that she would learn life lessons about love and loyalty that would inform the rest of her life and, finally, be the catalyst for her recovery from alcoholism in the 1980s. This book also details her philanthropic work as an AIDS activist in the 1990s as well as her stunning success as a business woman today (with a multi-million-dollar fragrance). Based on years of research, this is not just a star's biography . . . it's an unforgettable woman's story.



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'Taraborrelli fills his narrative with fascinating anecdotes and
intimate details.' -- Daily Express

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Elizabeth Taylor is known internationally as one of the most beautiful and talented women ever to grace the silver screen. She has won two Academy Awards and has starred in over sixty films. She is just as well known for her tempestuous personal life, marrying eight times and suffering through innumerable health problems. A cultural icon, she has been written about before . . . but never like this. This moving book traces for the first time Elizabeth's journey through the dark and often lonely world of a fame unparalleled in the 1960s and 1970s, a time during which alcohol and drugs played a major part in her life. It would be with her fifth (and sixth) husband Richard Burton (with whom she made twelve movies, including Cleopatra) that she would learn life lessons about love and loyalty that would inform the rest of her life and, finally, be the catalyst for her alcoholic recovery in the 1980s. This book also details her philanthropic work as an AIDS activist in the 1990s as well as her stunning success as a business woman today (with a multi-million-dollar fragrance). Based on years of research, this is not just a star's biography . . . it's an unforgettable woman's story.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read on a 20th Century Icon. 31 Dec. 2010
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Easily the most detailed, unbiased review of the turbulant life of one of the 20th Century's most famous stars. Taraborelli, who is a favourite writer of mine, paints Taylor's life with such detail that by the end of the book you feel you really know the person that she is.

The book highlights the highs of her life, and also the tragic lows that she somehow managed to fight through. The book really showcases what a survivor Elizabeth Taylor is.
All of her marriages are covered in detail, and actually Taylor comes out as a sympathetic character caught up in these events, not the man-eating legend that the media has displayed.
Her romance with Mike Todd is tragic, and of course the Burton/Taylor romance is covered with great detail.

Altogether a really good read, I found it hard to put it down at times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth:The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor 2 Jun. 2011
Format:Paperback
A sympathetic and interesting biography encapsulates both Elizabeth Taylor's movie career and many of her life moments, her idiosyncrasies and 'incidents' as Richard Burton called them. It is a portrait of a humorous and likeable woman, who despite the mantle of incredible wealth, stardom and undeniable beauty, handled the chaotic and less savoury moments of her life with candour, self-deprecating wit and kindness. A good read and filled with detail other biogs. missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant biography 4 July 2012
By Craig B
Format:Paperback
J.Randy Taraborrelli does it again! I've read most of his work and what I love about his work is that he doesn't write with an agenda. He gets the facts, interviews people and then puts in all together to form an entertaining yet informative read.
Elizabeth Taylor is an amazing woman and her life is possibly the largest life I've ever read about. The jewellery, the marriages! I come away from reading this book wanting to watch her films and to find out more about her.
Amazing read!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 6 Dec. 2010
By molly
Format:Paperback
A real page turner, Elizabeth Taylor's life is facinating and Taraborelli tells her story so easily with flowing chapters, it really is an excellent book, a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth - fascinating read 28 Aug. 2013
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I chose the 5 star rating as I consider this to be a truly insight to a bygone icon's life - the acknowledgments themselves were like reading a separate book - what I particularly enjoyed was the short description of where and what happened to Elizabeth's family and husbands at the time of completion of the book - this interesting section was at the end. An absolutely great holiday read, although I read mine in bed and couldn't wait for bedtime every night. The only downside was the beginning when Elizabeth was a child which was not as interesting as when she got older and turned into the 'star' that we all know. Thoroughly recommendable from one who doesn't normally like autobiographies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing read! I loved every bit of it 15 May 2015
Format:Paperback
What an amazing read! I loved every bit of it, from the high highs to the low lows. We get to see every inch of Elizabeths charactar, even when its not the most flattering image of her. Her life was extremely interesting, there never seemed to be a dull moment which must make writing about Taylor even easier for Taraborrelli! Every time she reinvented herself we get to see a different side to her and I feel like the author really let us get to know the ever changing Elizabeth Taylor. I've read quite of few of Taraborrellis books and this is just another example of his amazing writing skills. Any of his books are a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Taylor biography 29 Jan. 2013
By Fi
Format:Paperback
It was a wonderful insight into one of the most famous movie idols. It was enjoyable to read and captured the times and also touched on the lives of people around her such as Richard Burton. I grew up watching her films but never knew what an interesting and sometimes tragic life she had lead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 4 Mar. 2013
By Rossie
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An interesting biography as it is based on an interesting life but I found the author too sycophantic and a little irritating. I spent a while researching which book on Elizabeth Taylor and thought that this sounded well-rounded but it was not balanced at all. A bit disappointing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i am a big fan of hers and it covers plenty about her life
Published 26 days ago by londonbob
4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy!
Bought as a gift for my mum. Therefore, was very pleased as the book was in very good condition for s 'used' item, at a bargain price.
Published 1 month ago by Jan Massheder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
first class everythng
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite biographer and as always I was not disappointed
My favourite biographer and as always I was not disappointed, would hight recommend any of his books, always an enjoyable read.
Published 3 months ago by Miss C
2.0 out of 5 stars "A woman will try and dominate a man, but really she wants to be...
Not as good as the Donald Spoto biography on Elizabeth Taylor.
Published 6 months ago by Samuel Barber
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book about Elizabeth Taylor i have ever read
The worst book about Elizabeth Taylor i have ever read: boring and banal and not very accurate in my opinion! My advice is "How to be a movie star"...
Published 6 months ago by Fabio Marinangeli
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Exactly what I expected it to be, great!
Published 7 months ago by Sue Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars not read it yet, but know its going to ...
not read it yet,but know its going to make a interesting read!
Published 8 months ago by Dipan Punja
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very thorough account of her life.
Published 9 months ago by Pebble
4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth
A very comprehensive look at one of the world's biggest stars. Very thorough and a good read. I would recommend this book.
Published 13 months ago by Ripper
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