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  • The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor
  • Written by: Donald Spoto
  • Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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A Passion for Life

Written by: Donald Spoto
Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
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Publisher's Summary

Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth Taylor was catapulted into child stardom and molded by MGM into the great violet-eyed beauty of postwar America. Along the way, without training or counsel, she became an award-winning actress, dazzling audiences everywhere with spectacular performances.

Spoto explores the gripping story of her brutalizing six-month marriage to compulsive gambler and hotel heir Nicky Hilton, her romances with top Hollywood directors, and her marriage to the ailing Michael Wilding. Four years later, she would be swept off her feet by showman Mike Todd into an alternately violent and loving marriage that would end with Todd’s death in a plane crash, leaving Taylor a twice-divorced widow with three children at the age of 26. And here are Taylor’s years with Eddie Fisher, Republican Senator John Warner, and Richard Burton, with whom she would share a hedonistic, brash lifestyle that would virtually define the 1960s jet set.

©1995 Donald Spoto (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the critics say

“At once scathing and sympathetic…. Spoto provides acute commentary on Taylor’s films as well as a filmography in a revelatory portrait of a self-styled femme fatale beset by self-destructive impulses and feelings of emptiness.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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Not good - what a silly life story

I think the problem with this is not the writing or performance but rather the sheer drudgery and stupidity of Elizabeth Taylor’s silly life.

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A complicated life

Very interesting story of the life of Elizabeth Taylor. It was detailed and full of descriptions and easy timelines to follow.

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