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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli Narrator: Lynne Maclean Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781594835278
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For more than six decades Elizabeth Taylor has been a part of our lives. Now acclaimed biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli looks past the tabloid version of Elizabeth’s life and offers the first-ever fully realized portrait of this American icon. You’ll meet her controlling mother who plotted her daughter’s success from birth…see the qualities that catapulted Elizabeth to stardom in 1940s Hollywood…understand the psychological and emotional underpinnings behind the eight marriages…and, finally, rejoice in Elizabeth’s most bravura performance of all: the new success in family, friendships, and philanthropy she achieved despite substance abuse and chronic illness. It’s the story of the woman you thought you knew—and now can finally understand.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie O'Neal | 2/19/2014

    " This biography on Elizabeth Taylor is well-researched and entertaining. Taraborrelli reflects on this starlet's troubled life from her over-bearing stage mother, to her battle with substance abuse, to spousal abuse, and her eight marriages. The reader learns how Elizabeth turned her fading career as an aging actress to become a major philanthropist and AIDS activist as well as a hugely successful entrepreneur. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/17/2014

    " Very informative, would like to read a newer version now that she's passed away I know someone will write another book about her magnificent life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 2/12/2014

    " As if seven marriages doesn't seem complicated enough, the author reveals the origin of "Elizabeth" and takes you through the difficulties and addictions of her life. Elizabeth's childhood explains alot about her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeniffer | 1/26/2014

    " Unbelievable that this woman died at age 79, only this year!! Some of you may think, well my grandmother is 99 or 105 but after reading this book (if you accept my recommendation) you will understand why I think she should have been dead long before. Her good friend, Michael Jackson, died at a younger age and before her, unfortunately. Between her drug and alcohol abuse, attempted suicides, numerous illnesses and surgeries, I am shocked that in my generation I was able to know about Elizabeth Taylor, but I truly didn't until I read this book. J. Randy Taraborrelli kept me intrigued, which is not hard when its a celebrity, however, he did tend to jump from time in history back and forth making it a little hard to know which came first but I figured it out. If you want more than just what you read in the tabloids or saw on tv while your parents eagerly watched what she would do next. Then you have to read this book. All EIGHT husbands worth of it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giles | 1/22/2014

    " A truly fascinating book about a very interesting woman. Gives you an excellent look into the life of a true star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger West | 1/21/2014

    " A little on the trashy side, which is apparently my cup of tea (as shown by my enthusiasm for celebrity gossip magazines such as Us and OK! weekly) Not being alive during her heyday, I didn't know all that much about Elizabeth Taylor except that she's been married hella times, is friends with Michael Jackson, and peddles perfume. Found this in the bargain bin at Borders and thought why not? Fun, interesting read. She's definitely had a colorful life. 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/13/2014

    " I never thought I would get through this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Syl | 1/12/2014

    " Good book on the life story of icon Elizabeth Taylor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lissette | 1/1/2014

    " What I learned reading this book is that she had a shit load of husbands, and that just because you are the most beautiful person in the world, doesnt guarantee happiness. What a pity to learn that my icon had such a miserable life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jude Brigley | 12/21/2013

    " Very enjoyable and informative about the movie business as well as Elizabeth Taylor. Well-researched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Kohlhof | 11/30/2013

    " Very interesting. I new she would have a story to tell, with all her marriages. Boy did I have no idea what I was getting myself into. What a lovely lady she turned out to be. I am so grateful to learn so much about her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alex'ra | 11/26/2013

    " This book reads like an 8th grade research paper on Elizabeth Taylor. Even Ms Taylor's antics weren't enough to carry me past the sophmoric prose. Bleh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Haller | 11/8/2013

    " Well written. But nothing really new here. Too much focus on her love life/marriages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 10/26/2013

    " Soap operas are based on her real life, what a life!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Bennell | 10/25/2013

    " This was not the best written Autobiography that I have read, which was a shame as the topic was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Gregory | 1/23/2013

    " Very good book! Really enjoyed getting to 'know' Elizabeth. It's easy to judge people based on what you read in the media. She was human, just like the rest of us. Would diffenatly recommend this book. Have read several of this authors biographys and have enjoyed each of them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/22/2013

    " delivers all the jet-setting glamour, boozy rows, and chicken bone choking you'd want from this sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana Look | 7/29/2012

    " Taraborrelli is such a fantastic biographer...once gain this is a fascinating look into Elizabeth's life...well told and interesting nd captivating read ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 7/23/2012

    " I needed a fun and light read, and have to admit that I enjoyed this even though it wasn't particularly well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/8/2012

    " very compelling read. The author did a good job making Elizabeth more human as her story and life evolved. I really enjoyed the book much more than I thought I would. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Roxbrough | 7/23/2011

    " After reading this book I was amazed how easy it is to mention Elizabeth Taylor in every conversation! Super long, but I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey Peery | 5/22/2011

    " It was a little long. Her life was fascinating but the author felt the need to list every movie she was in along with all the movies her husbands were in. The book really got interesting towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malini Sridharan | 1/29/2011

    " What a crazy life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabelle | 1/25/2011

    " I'm a sucker for biographies. And while it was entertaining, the writing was certainly lacking. I'm sure there are better biographies out there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabelle | 1/3/2011

    " I'm a sucker for biographies. And while it was entertaining, the writing was certainly lacking. I'm sure there are better biographies out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giles | 2/21/2010

    " A truly fascinating book about a very interesting woman. Gives you an excellent look into the life of a true star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 8/15/2009

    " I can't get over the front cover of this book. Her eyes are an amazing violet! What an amazing story of an amazing woman. She is fierce! If only I could have her leave me her jewelry collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 8/28/2008

    " I like biographies and this is a good one. Not trashy like some of them can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cari | 5/15/2008

    " As if seven marriages doesn't seem complicated enough, the author reveals the origin of "Elizabeth" and takes you through the difficulties and addictions of her life. Elizabeth's childhood explains alot about her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 12/26/2007

    " Not exactly the best researched biography, but it's a nice gossipy break from reading textbooks for the past several months! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/1/2007

    " delivers all the jet-setting glamour, boozy rows, and chicken bone choking you'd want from this sort of thing. "

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About the Author

J. Randy Taraborrelli is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Call Her Miss Ross; Michael Jackson; Sinatra; Madonna; Jackie, Ethel, Joan; and Elizabeth. The Los Angeles writer is not only a respected journalist but also a recognizable entertainment personality and in-demand guest on many television programs, including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and CNN Headline News. Additionally, he works for CBS News as a news analyst.