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"Life isn't just about money...it's also about furs and jewellery."
on 15 March 2017
This is a wonderful book of photographs of the gorgeous and timeless Elizabeth Taylor. It contains images from the screen performances of Elizabeth, as well as from her chaotic private off-screen life.
It starts with a very extensive and detailed written biography of Elizabeth, describing the key moments in her professional and private life. Then, the book moves into full photo mode, overflowing with black and white and colour images of the star, some wonderful double page images, and some smaller. There are wonderful photos of the young Elizabeth, surrounded by all kinds of animals including horses, dogs and cats. And an early photo of her first movie "There's One Born Every Minute" is alluring.
There are many photos of Elizabeth from the "Giant" movie, frolicking and relaxing with James Dean and Rock Hudson. And a double page image of Elizabeth on the beach from "Suddenly Last Summer" surrounded by the cameras and film crew is dramatic. There are two wonderful and flawless close up images of Elizabeth's face from "The VIP's" and "Ash Wednesday", and there are iconic images from her unforgettable role in "Cleopatra". And there are many great photos of Elizabeth with the love of her life Richard Burton.
In addition there is an interesting double page colour photo of Elizabeth in a bullfighter's "suit of lights" outfit she purchased in Spain. And a 1991 image of her signing a gigantic life-size poster for her "White Diamonds" perfume line is eye-catching. Furthermore, there are countless fun images of Elizabeth with her children - they seem to having lots of chaotic fun at all times!
As well as the photos, there are many vintage movie posters from her iconic movies. And, the book is full of quotations from Elizabeth - some of them are very memorable indeed - "I never wanted to be an actress - it was forced on me". "If you hear me talking about marriage, slap me!". "I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them". "I had the body of a woman and the emotions of a child". "Life isn't just about money...it's also about furs and jewellery". "Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all the old smells". "Marriage is a rest period between two passions". These quotes are as relevant and amusing now as they were back in the day.
One weakness with the book is that it does not always flow in a chronological way - the time sequences are sometimes out of sync so you do not go on a journey through her life in a time-based way. This reduces some of the fun of the book, as one minute you are looking at a photo of Elizabeth in her forties, and on the next page she is in her twenties again.
Overall, this is a fantastic book for fans of Elizabeth Taylor and the Golden Age of Hollywood. It certainly brings back the memories.