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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.
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on 26 July 2017
The book is huge and heavy.
Big clear photos, many I saw for the first time.
Great gift to the fans of Elizabeth Taylor.
The only disorder is errors in dates, some dates are incorrectly specified.
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on 4 September 2008
This book is a must for all devotees of Elizabeth Taylor as it contains many previously unseen photographs. However the book does contain fairly important typographical errors such as wrongly identifying Elizabeth Taylor's husbands! Also the fact that the photographs are not in chronological order after about 1948 makes it a hard book to just pick up and refer to a certain period in Elizabeth Taylor's life. However taking these observations into account this is a book that any fan of Elizabeth Taylor should own.
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on 30 December 2009
I adore this book - it was everything I expected and more. The pictures are stunning and the details included had me hooked. It was good value for money and a lovely insight into the legend of Liz.
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on 19 February 2011
I really enjoyed this book and a must have for all movie legends fans and not just E fans . Having said this I think it was a poor selections of photographs especially since it did not contain any photographs of her adoptive daughter maria burton not even in family portaits and some photographs were labelled wrong altogther it was a good book but the researchers only did a fair job. Which becomes to annoying too any E fan.
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on 15 April 2016
For any Liz Taylor fans that want a big, interesting and lovely book about her, then I would recommend. I love this book, it's a great size (it's nice and big) and it also features some great photos of Elizabeth that I have never seen before. It's a great book.
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on 10 April 2009
A truly brilliant book, Being a big fan of both Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor i found this book amazing, full of pictures i had not seen before now. A great one for the collection.
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on 23 September 2009
This is a great book for anyone interested in Dam Elizabeth Taylor. Although there are better books if you want information of her life this is just basically a book of beautiful fotos of her at the peak of her career, with some fotos included that have not been seen before.This is more of a personal foto album than a biography but still an excellent purchase whether you are a fan or not.
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on 29 September 2008
The photographs, many I was not familiar with, make this a beautiful coffee table book but as the previous reviewer says I found the sudden jumps in chronology irritating and surely it wasn't that difficult to get the husbands in order and correctly named!! Also for a book published so recently very little coverage of recent times - no mention of Larry for example
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on 22 September 2015
All good
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