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Book Title: Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star|
The author of the book: Kitty Kelley
Edition: Dell Publishing Company
Date of issue: November 1st 1982
ISBN 13: 9780440124108
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.52 MB
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I am a big fan of Elizabeth Taylor, having seen many of her movies and thinking Who's Afraid of Virigina Woolf? the best work of her career. Thus, liking her and Kitty Kelley's books, I decided to give Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star a go but was hoping not to read too many bad things about her.
Well, the verdict is in. I think Elizabeth Taylor, who comes across to me as airhead despite her immense beauty, never grew up for many years and seemed to have finally matured when she married the disgusting politician from Virginia (Who the heck is he!?!?!?). The heavy amount of drinking probably had finally did Elizabeth Taylor in, causing her brain to be foggy during this period.
Obviously, the most famous celebrity marriage of all in the 20th century is hers with Richard Burton. No other marriage was ever that close to theirs in terms of worldwide impact. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made news everywhere they went, even turning one sleepy town in Mexico into an international tourist attraction that still lasts to this day. Thus, it's fitting that Kitty Kelley had to devote many pages to them.
I don't think Elizabeth Taylor as much of an actress in the early years due to her lack of theatrical training, but when she finally paired up with Richard Burton for 11 films, he most certainly brought the best out of her as evidenced in Who's Afraid of Virigina Woolf? Her career was mostly over after that; she was in a decline during the 70's, washed up in the 80's, forgotten in the 90's, and nonexistent in the 2000's. When Elizabeth Taylor died, it was barely news. It's a long fall for her, who made news no matter where she went or did from the 50's to the 70's.
As for Richard Burton, I am surprised that he thought of money as his primary motivation for work because he didn't seem to have sold himself out in many films; of the two, he was the far better actor than Elizabeth Taylor, and he gave many excellent performances after Who's Afraid of Virigina Woolf?, having reached his final peak in Equus.
Overall, I think Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star was published too early, stopping in 1981, when there was more to go in both of their lives. And I was especially curious if Elizabeth Taylor's work with the AIDS crisis was for real or a sham. At least, she didn't come off looking that bad as compared to Kitty Kelley's other subjects such as Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan, but her maturity and decision-making skills left a lot to be desired.
All in all, Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star, although published too early, does a nice job of describing who Elizabeth Taylor really was.
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Read information about the authorKitty Kelley is an American investigative journalist and author of several best-selling unauthorized biographies of celebrities and politicians. Described as a "poison pen" biographer, her profiles frequently contain unflattering personal anecdotes and details, and their accuracy is often questioned. Though many of her books have topped the best sellers list, Kelley's credibility and sources have been called into question multiple times.
Time magazine reported that most journalists believe Kelley "too frequently fails to bring perspective or analysis to the fruits of her reporting and at times lards her work with dollops of questionable inferences and innuendos." In addition, Kelley has been described by Joe Klein as a "professional sensationalist" and her books have been described as "Kitty litter."
Her past subjects have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family, and the Bush family. Although Kelley has been criticized and her books hotly debated, she has never been successfully sued for libel and has never been forced to retract a written statement.
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