- ペーパーバック: 516ページ
- 出版社: Mandarin; New版 (1996/4/15)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 0749322381
- ISBN-13: 978-0749322380
- 発売日： 1996/4/15
- 商品パッケージの寸法: 18.6 x 11.4 x 4.2 cm
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Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor (英語) ペーパーバック – 1996/4/15
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A biography of Elizabeth Taylor which includes coverage of her high-profile film career from the age of 12, her marriages, and her drug and alcohol addictions. The author has written biographies of Jacqueline Onassis, Barbara Hutton and Ezra Pound, and been shortlisted for two Pulitzer Prizes.
"Clear-eyed, often startling. . . . A wealth of intimate detail found in no other biography." --"Publishers Weekly"商品の説明をすべて表示する
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"Liz" traces not only Taylor's magificent acting career in such Oscar-winning performances in "Butterfield 8" and "Who'a Afraid of Virginia Wolf?", but Liz's personal life, her marriages and lovers. Heyman not only discusses how Liz was the very first Hollywood celebrity to tackle the AIDS epidemic and raise funds and awareness for those with HIV/AIDS, but her own personal demons with alcohol and prescription drugs.
Included is an informative filmography detailing Liz's film credits along with those she starred with, director's names, and the year in which her movies were released. There is also a section of her made-for-television films and stage appearances. Many black and white photographs are included.
I have read many Elizabeth Taylor biographies, but "Liz" is simply filled with neat anecdotes and info. The book is long out-of-print, but many are available through Amazon by personal sellers at affordable prices.
For some time, Elizabeth Taylor was the image of the child star -- talented, gutsy and willing to do almost anything (even try to speed up physical growth) to get a part. But after a failed marriage to hotel heir Nicky Hilton and an increasingly sultry image, Elizabeth began to change radically. Suddenly she was the Cleopatra of the times.
She went through several marriages, to Michael Wilding, the tragic Mike Todd, a scandalous affair and marriage to Eddie Fisher (who was married), and finally spent many long years with the tempestuous Richard Burton (who was also married), whom she married twice. Her once red-hot career went into decline, as her last two forgettable marriages tanked. But Elizabeth Taylor remains a towering movie legend even today.
Since she was the J.Lo of her day -- bling, lots of husbands and opulence all around -- Taylor is a pretty juicy subject for a biographer... IF the biographer can repress his inner tabloid journalist. Heymann keeps himself restrained much of the time, focusing a lot of Elizabeth's career and the impact of the people around her.
It's death to a biography if the author has no respect, let alone liking, for his subject. And Heymann shows nothing but disdain not only for Elizabeth, but for her husbands and lovers. He emphasizes Taylor's yoyoing obesity, her sometimes immaturity, her gaudy dress/makeup/jewelry styles, and her lack of education. Her husbands are all caricatures. For example, Richard Burton is portrayed merely as a weak sot, and little mention is made of his intelligence, his eloquence, or his astounding acting ability.
Aside from the superficiality and occasional sexual anecdotes, Heymann does a pretty good job of chronicling not only Taylor's career, but that of the people around her such as her good friends Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift, as well as her tireless crusading for AIDS victims and her forays into the world of... perfume. Whatever. Nothing new is revealed, but it's a passable look at her life.
However, the obvious dislike Heymann has for Taylor and her assorted amours makes "Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor" a pain to read.