This biographical, and autobiographical presentation is well worth buying. Elizabeth gives her own reactions in 2003, to her ledgendary film roles such as Award winning Cleopatra, and Butterfield 8, which she would like to have been better, and the death of close friend Rock Hudson, which prompted her to set up her Aids Charity Foundation.
At 9 years old she was earning $100.00 a week with MGM, and her role in 'Lassie' made her an international star. Elizabeth was also an excellent rider and fell in love with the horse in 'National Velvet', which they gave her as a post production gift.
Mike Todd, director and actor, was the great love of her life, until his untimely death in an airplane disaster. As with Richard Burton later, they shared sometimes a baudy sense of humour and matched fire with fire. Beautiful, glamourous, yet earthy and warm hearted, she loved being a Mother to her 2 sons with Michael Wilding, and daughter Lisa Todd, and Stepmother to Richard Burton's son and daughter. There are many instances of Co-Stars confiding in her, James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Montgomery Clift to whom she gave moral support whilst performing herself.
Shirley Maclaine, a great friend, features extensively with anecdotes describing the generous and determined and vulnerable facets of Elizabeth's character. There are also older footage contributions from Janet Leigh and Mickey Rooney, and an Awards presentation speech from John Travolta. The overall picture and sound quality is excellent.
The Academy ward winning role of Martha in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' was her favourite role, when to quote, "I gained 22pounds, and for once, had to get my finger out and really act".
This story is as fascinating as any film script; from the quiet captivating little girl to the woman living her life to the full, searching for and giving love through many personal tradgedies, whilst illuminating the Universal Big Screen with her firey talent.