9780802137692

Elizabeth The Life of Elizabeth Taylor

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  • ISBN13:

    9780802137692

  • ISBN10:

    0802137695

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-05-31
  • Publisher: Grove Press
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Summary

Elizabeth Taylor is one of our last great movie stars. An Oscar-winning actress, she has lived her entire life in front of the spotlights, and her glamour and smouldering, sensual charisma are the stuff of legend. In Elizabeth, Alexander Walker presents the story of a life that was lived, on and off camera, with a passion rarely matched by even today's outspoken celebrities. From her privileged childhood, the influence of her strong-willed mother, and her rise to stardom in films like National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, and Cleopatra, to her husbands, her obsession with jewelry, and her amazing resilience in the face of public scandal and personal tragedy, Walker shows us the real Elizabeth--as an actress and as a person determined to live on her own terms.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Part One: Sara and Elizabeth
Like Father, Like Mother
3(8)
`A Marvellous Feeling'
11(9)
Trouble in Eden
20(7)
`Sing For Miss Hopper'
27(10)
National Idol
37(11)
Love and the Lonely Child
48(8)
`Why, She is a Woman!'
56(9)
. . . And a `Dangerous' Woman
65(10)
Conspiracies and Suitors
75(9)
The First Dent
84(7)
Part Two: A Star is Made
The Sun and the Stars
91(8)
A Movie Romance
99(7)
`Wedding of Weddings'
106(7)
A Clash of Dynasties
113(7)
Divorce - Hollywood Style
120(9)
`Give The Girl Anything She Wants!'
129(12)
Big Mama
141(9)
Fame and Frustration
150(8)
The Crack-Up
158(8)
`A New Kind of Man, a New Kind of World'
166(12)
Hey, Big Spender!
178(8)
The Fall of a Tycoon
186(9)
A Funeral in Chicago
195(8)
The Mating Game
203(8)
SIC Transit Gloria
211(13)
Between Life and Death
224(13)
Part Three: The Burtons
`Le Scandale'
237(9)
L'amour Fou
246(7)
O Mistress Mine!
253(6)
From Purgatory to Puerto Vallarta
259(9)
A Life in the Theatre
268(8)
`For the Money, We Will Dance'
276(8)
Work, Work, Work - Spend, Spend, Spend
284(9)
Barques and Bites
293(9)
Diamond Liz
302(9)
`Oh, Where are the Writers to Rescue Us?
311(9)
A Chipmunk Returns
320(7)
The Farmer Takes a Wife
327(11)
Issues of Weight
338(9)
Positively Their Last Appearance
347(16)
Part Four: Surviving
`I Have No Plan to Succumb'
363(11)
Mrs Fortensky
374(8)
Unhappy as Larry
382(17)
Chronology 399(11)
Charts of Elizabeth Taylor's Marriages and Family 410(4)
Acknowledgements and Bibliography 414(3)
Source Notes 417(20)
Index 437

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