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Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor (英語) ハードカバー – 1995/4


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Elizabeth Taylor's own story was more dramatic than any part she ever played on the screen. C. David Heymann brings her magnificently to life in this acclaimed biography--updated with a new chapter covering her final years.

She was an icon, one of the most watched, photographed, and gossiped-about personalities of our time. Child star, daughter of a controlling stage mother, Oscar-winning actress, seductress and eight-time wife, mother of four children and grandmother of ten, champion of funding for AIDS research, purveyor of perfumes and jewelry, close friend of celebrities and tycoons—Elizabeth Taylor, for almost eight decades, played most completely, beautifully, cunningly, flamboyantly, and scandalously her greatest role of all: herself.

The basis of an Emmy Award-nominated miniseries, Liz portrays Taylor’s life and career in fascinating, revealing detail and includes an additional new chapter, bringing her beloved fans up to date on her final years. By way of more than a thousand interviews with stars, directors, producers, designers, friends, family, business associates, and employees and through extensive research among previously disclosed court, business, medical, and studio documents, bestselling author Heymann reminds readers of her very public escapades and unveils her most private moments.

Here are the highs and lows of her film career and the intimate circumstances of her marriages to Nicky Hilton, Michael Wilding, Mike Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton, Senator John Warner, and Larry Fortensky. Here, too, is the truth about Taylor’s father and her friendships with leading men Montgomery Clift, James Dean, and Rock Hudson, as well as with the eccentric Malcolm Forbes and Michael Jackson. From her illnesses, injuries, weight issues, and battles against drug and alcohol, to her sexual exploits, diamond-studded adventures, and tumultuous love affairs, this is the enormously contradictory and glamorous life of Hollywood’s last great star. --このテキストは、 ペーパーバック 版に関連付けられています。

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"Clear-eyed, often startling. . . . A wealth of intimate detail found in no other biography." —Publishers Weekly

“Like Marilyn, JFK, and Lincoln, Elizabeth Taylor seems destined for literary eternity.” —Liz Smith, New York Post --このテキストは、 ペーパーバック 版に関連付けられています。

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13 人中、12人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
It's just a great story to read 2000/1/20
投稿者 カスタマー - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
I've not seen many Liz Taylor's movies before, but since I read the book, I became highly interested to see her films, just to be able to check what I read in this book with how she performs/appears in a particular movie as mentioned in the book. In the beginning of my reading, the book gives me a mix feeling towards Liz Taylor, more negative than positive. But after I finished reading I really felt for her. In short, the story reveals her complicated life in the most open manner. It tells everything you want to know about Liz Taylor, from birth up to the latest marriage (and divorce). It also exposes her severe addiction to drugs and alcohol which is very shocking. What a life story! I enjoy reading the book because it flows smoothly, it is insightful and it gives detail information for every occassion in the story. It is a great book to read.
3 人中、3人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
Great Pictures, Fascnating reading 2003/7/29
投稿者 カスタマー - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
The pictures of beautiful child-star Liz Taylor to the Liz of the 90's are fabulous. Beautifully written book of a Hollywood legend. Absorbing and juicy. Intimate look at her glamourous and turbulent life. Her many romances with famous men, her movie career, weight swings, battles with drug and alcohol dependence, humanitarian work. Really gives you the feeling of knowing her.
2 人中、2人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
"The Definitive Liz Taylor Biography" 2010/11/19
投稿者 Terrance Richard - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
Look on any Amazon book page and type in Elizabeth Taylor; there you will find dozens of books written on one of the biggest Hollywood stars of all-time. This book, simply entitled "Liz" and written by "A Woman Named Jackie" author C. David Heymann, is a well-written and well-researched account on the most popular female star of her time. In these 526 pages Heymann traces Liz's early beginnings in England to her discovery as a child actress in "National Velvet". That appearance would propell her to Hollywood superstardom that few have ever known.

"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.
13 人中、9人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
Less than intimate 2005/4/9
投稿者 E. A Solinas - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
With her eight marriages, long-running drug problems and lingering medical ailments, Elizabeth Taylor is a perfect candidate for trashy tabloidy biographies. While C. David Heymann's "Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor" is not the worst of the bunch, his obvious disdain makes for sour reading.

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.
1 人中、1人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
Negative 2012/9/6
投稿者 Dix88 - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
This book is mainly a put-down of Elizabeth Taylor, who worked tirelessly to help people with AIDs. She may have been spoiled as a child but she worked very hard in the industry. It isn't easy being a child star, transitioning into a real actress, especially when you are burdened with almost preternatural beauty. Everyone expects nothing but lovliness from a person like Elizabeth. She hated the nick-name "Liz" so I should've known from the title of this book that it would be an endless put-down. The author quotes people who said horrible things about her. I far preferred Richard Burton's biography of Elizabeth Taylor. His wasn't a paen to a godess but it was a real, honest look at their lives together. Forget this book! I quit reading it after about 80 pages. I kept hoping for an honest evaluation but it was just one put-down quote after another.
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