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Few celebrities today have led lives as packed with incident, crisis, scandal and achievement as Elizabeth Taylor. In this revised and updated edition Alexander Walker examines every aspect of Elizabeth's life: her privileged childhood in pre-war London; her swift rise to Hollywood stardom in films like National Velvet and the catastrophe-fraught epic Cleopatra; her six husbands; her passion to love and her need to be loved in return; her obsession with jewellery; her opulent lifestyle and the amazing resilience that has helped her survive not only condemnation for "the most public adultery in history", but also dramatic illnesses that have taken her to the point of death. "Stardom", says the author, "is a damaged state." But the hurts - and the happiness - make a compelling story.
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Alexander Walker is the author of over twenty books about the cinema and its stars, including bestselling biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Peter Sellers and Audrey Hepburn. He has also written standard works on the coming of the Talkies, a monograph on Stanley Kubrick, and the fullest account to date of the British film industr from 1960 to 1985. He has been the London "Evening Standard's" influential film critic since 1960 and has been named "Critic of the Year" three times in the British Press Awards. A prolific broadcaster on television and radio, he wrote and narrated four series of "Film Star" for the BBC. Alexander Walker was born in Ireland, and educated there, on the Continent and in the United States.
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