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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Spoto Narrator: C. M. Hébert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 twenty-six. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Donald Spoto’s measured, articulate biography...does justice to her histrionic gifts and concocts convincing links between her screen personae and her catastrophic private life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Spoto’s portrait of the star has a certain poignance.”


  • “Spoto’s exhaustive account of Taylor’s wildly glamorous and troubled life may be the guiltiest pleasure...A Passion for Life unabashedly restores Taylor to the role that has always suited her best: Hollywood legend with the violet eyes to die for.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 10/26/2013

    " I love this book! I've read it 3 times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jackie | 10/18/2012

    " So far I am really liking it, the writer makes me feel as if I am watching a show, like E true hollywood story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ulla | 12/23/2011

    " Didn't even finish it which happens very rarely! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Judith | 7/19/2011

    " The author attempts to psychoanalyze her too much. I don't care why the author thinks she did what she did. I want to know what she did and come to my own conclusions. "

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