Spoto Tells of the Lovely Elizabeth Taylor2002/3/27
I really enjoyed this book by Donald Spoto. He went extremely in-depth regarding the life of Elizabeth Taylor. He tells about her childhood to her many marriages and movies. If you would like to get a good look into the life of Elizabeth Taylor, this biography is a excellent choice.
Well-written! An honest and intersting look at a true STAR2000/3/26
Being very good at what he does, Donald Spoto, manages to provide readers with an accurate, in depth, and yet entertaining look at the life of Elizabeth Taylor, both on and off screen. Naturally, he starts with the early childhood, because at the age of nine Taylor was already bona fide child-actor. Then, as a heroine, i.e. Talyor, grows up, the discussion focuses mainly on men in her life, her first love (Monty Cliff) and her first marriage...and then, another marriage... and then another marriage, and another... It is hard to keep track at times! However, Spoto also shows Taylor's ability to stay true to her friends, inspite of many-many traumas and ugly gossips that have always surrounded her public persona. The only downside of this book is that narration stops somehere in a "Taylor/Jackson" period. Since Spoto already opened up a candid discussion of Taylor's health and other life problems, I think readers would like to know more about the on-going life battles, that their favorite female star presently has to fight. Also, it would be nice, if he mentioned Taylor's contribution to the fight with AIDS more extensively. In other words, Spoto should be planning on another revised edition of this otherwise lovely book.
Hardbound,excellent quality book, well shipped. Elizabeth Taylor was a bawdy, loudmouth broad. Her story was what I expected, but sad to know more details. Easy read for the summer.
Elizabeth Taylor is a hard subject. She lived a life of exdtensive privilege and yet we must look at her as a woman uhappy, flawed and searching. The author often makes the point she was handicapped by her beauty. The beauty that brought her to the top also limited us seeing her as an actress and a person. I think the book makes a valiant journey to find her essence in a world not trying to look deeper than todya's headlines.