Elizabeth Taylor A Private Life for Public Consumption

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-02-25
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The first volume to examine the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in this light, Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption paints Taylor as the seminal representation of “celebrity.” A figure of enormous charisma and cultural sway, she intrigued a global audience with her marriages and extra-marital improprieties, as well as her extravagant jewelry, her never-ending illnesses, her dependency on alcohol, and her perplexing friendship with Michael Jackson. Despite her continued world-renown, however, most people would be hard-pressed to name even three of her films, though she made over seventy.

Ellis Cashmore traces our modern, hyperactive celebrity culture back to a single instant in Taylor's life: the publicizing of her scandalous affair with Richard Burton by photographer Marcelo Geppetti in 1962, which announced the arrival of a new generation of predatory photojournalists and, along with them, a strange conflation between the public and private lives of celebrities. Taylor's life and public reception, Cashmore reveals, epitomizes the modern phenomenon of “celebrity.”

Author Biography

Ellis Cashmore is Professor of Culture, Media and Sport at Staffordshire University, UK. He is the author of several books on the theme of celebrity culture and popular entertainment, including Tyson: Nurture of the Beast (2004) and Celebrity/Culture, now in its second edition. He has been featured on CNN.com and BBC News and starred in the 2009 documentary Starsuckers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Life after Death
Chapter 2 - The Scandal that Changed the World
Chapter 3 - Child with an Old Soul
Chapter 4 - A Place in the Sun
Chapter 5 - The Rise of the Paparazzi
Chapter 6 - Rock Hudson and the AIDS Pandemic
Chapter 7 - Marriages
Chapter 8 - White Diamonds
Chapter 9 - The Puzzling Friendship with Michael Jackson
Chapter 10 - Unromantic Ending

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