Elizabeth Taylor is known internationally as one of the most beautiful and talented women ever to grace the silver screen. She has won two Academy Awards and starred in over sixty films. She is just as well known for her tempestuous personal life, marrying eight times and suffering through innumerable health problems. A cultural icon, she has been written about before . . . but never like this. This moving book traces for the first time Elizabeth's journey through the dark and often lonely world of a fame unparalleled in the 1960s and 1970s, a time during which alcohol and drugs played a major part in her life. It would be with her fifth (and sixth) husband Richard Burton (with whom she made twelve movies, including Cleopatra) that she would learn life lessons about love and loyalty that would inform the rest of her life and, finally, be the catalyst for her recovery from alcoholism in the 1980s. This book also details her philanthropic work as an AIDS activist in the 1990s as well as her stunning success as a business woman today (with a multi-million-dollar fragrance). Based on years of research, this is not just a star's biography . . . it's an unforgettable woman's story.
Taraborrelli is the noted biographer of Sunday Times bestseller Madonna, Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness, and the forthcoming Diana Ross. Consistently sought as an authority on celebrity culture, he makes regular appearances on television.
Section - i: PrologueUnit - i: Part One: CHILDHOODChapter - 1: Sara and FrancisChapter - 2: A Change in SaraChapter - 3: A Family Held Hostage?Chapter - 4: "Bravo!"Chapter - 5: "Missing a Father's Love"Chapter - 6: "I Think I Might Want to Be an Actress"Chapter - 7: A New Life in AmericaChapter - 8: "But I Want to Be with MGM!"Chapter - 9: National VelvetChapter - 10: Making a Star . . . a Star!Unit - ii: Part Two: FINDING HER WAYChapter - 11: Early Suitors . . . and Howard HughesChapter - 12: Nicky HiltonChapter - 13: Elizabeth's AngerChapter - 14: Uncle Howard Gets Rid of Nicky HiltonChapter - 15: Michael WildingChapter - 16: A Marriage Devoid of PassionChapter - 17: MoviesChapter - 18: Mike ToddChapter - 19: Mike Todd's Sudden DeathChapter - 20: Eddie FisherChapter - 21: Elizabeth and Eddie MarryChapter - 22: Butterfield 8Chapter - iii: Part Three: HER DESTINYChapter - 23: A False Start for CleopatraChapter - 24: A Near-Death Experience and Then an OscarChapter - 25: Cleopatra Begins FilmingChapter - 26: Richard BurtonChapter - 27: Elizabeth Adopts a BabyChapter - 28: "Love, in All of Its Mystery, Unfolds"Chapter - 29: Elizabeth Confesses to Eddie about RichardChapter - 30: Unadulterated DramaChapter - 31: Elizabeth Attempts Suicide?Chapter - 32: "Le Scandale"Chapter - 33: The Taylor-Burton Sexual RevolutionChapter - 34: Cleopatra ArrivesChapter - 35: Elizabeth as a MotherChapter - 36: Nightmare in Porto Santo StefanoChapter - 37: Finishing CleopatraChapter - 38: A Turning Point in GstaadChapter - 39: Richard ChoosesChapter - 40: True Love in MexicoUnit - iv: Part Four: "LIZ AND DICK"Chapter - 41: Elizabeth and Richard: "We Will Have No More Marriages"Chapter - 42: The Boston BrawlChapter - 43: Richard's HemophiliaChapter - 44: "Even Our Fights Are Fun"Chapter - 45: Elizabeth Apologizes to DebbieChapter - 46: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Chapter - 47: Bad Movies, Great Riches, and Another OscarChapter - 48: "Francis L. Taylor-All Our Love-1897-1968"Chapter - 49: "Learning from Each Other"Chapter - 50: "I Sometimes Curse the Day . . ."Chapter - 51: "Pray for Us"Chapter - 52: And What of the Children?Unit - v: Part Five: CONFUSION REIGNSChapter - 53: "What Makes Us Women"Chapter - 54: Henry WynbergChapter - 55: Elizabeth Divorces RichardChapter - 56: Elizabeth Marries Richard . . . Again!Chapter - 57: A Diversion before DivorceChapter - 58: Richard Asks for Another DivorceUnit - vi: Part Six: COMING TO TERMSChapter - 59: John WarnerChapter - 60: Elizabeth Marries JohnChapter - 61: An Important TransitionChapter - 62: The Little FoxesChapter - 63: Sifting Through the WreckageChapter - 64: A Birthday Reunion with RichardChapter - 65: "God Has Kept an Eye on My Children"Chapter - 66: Elizabeth Gets Her WayChapter - 67: Private Lives and Private MiseriesChapter - 68: Richard Marries . . . Someone ElseChapter - 69: InterventionChapter - 70: Betty Ford CenterChapter - 71: Richard Burton DiesChapter - 72: TransitionUnit - vii: Part Seven: THE GLORY YEARSChapter - 73: "I Will Not Be Ignored"Chapter - 74: Elizabeth Taylor's PassionChapter - 75: Back at Betty FordChapter - 76: Larry FortenskyChapter - 77: Michael JacksonChapter - 78: Elizabeth Marries LarryChapter - 79: Re-creating Her Mother's Marriage . . . but Not QuiteUnit - viii: Part Eight: ALL WOMANChapter - 80: "Sara S. Taylor-Loving Mother, Devoted Wife-1895-1994"Chapter - 81: Elizabeth and Larry End Their MarriageChapter - 82: Facing Her Mortality . . . AgainChapter - 83: Dame Elizabeth: Honor at LastSection - ii: Selected Cast of CharactersAcknowledgements - iii: AcknowledgmentsSection - iv: Sources and Other NotesSection - v: Elizabeth Taylor FilmographyIndex - vi: Index