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Test Ellis Amburn's magnificent biography of the Academy Award®-winning actress and legendary beauty captures the unparalleled Elizabeth in all her tragedy and splendor—her tumultuous loves, her doomed affections, her shocking excesses, her courage, and her inimitable style. Filled with stunning revelations about the men in her life—Burton, Clift, Hilton, Dean, Fisher—it is a glorious celebration of the turbulent life of a brilliant star that none in Hollywood or heaven could ever outshine.
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Ellis Amburn worked as a reporter-researcher at Newsweek before becoming a book editor at Putnam, where he edited Jack Kerouac, John Le Carre, William Golding, Edward Albee, and Paul Gallico. He was also editor-in-chief at Delacorte and William Morrow, and edited/collaborated on books by Shelley Winters, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lana Wood, and with Priscilla Presley on her #1 national bestseller Elvis and Me. Mr. Amburn is the author of The Sexiest Man Alive: A Biography of Warren Beatty; Dark Star: The Roy Orbison Story; Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin; Buddy Holly; and Subterranean Kerouac.From Publishers Weekly:
In one of the most salacious Hollywood chronicles in recent memory, Amburn has pieced together a page-turning account of Taylor's life from an overwhelming number of interviews, autobiographies and gossip columns. According to the author, Taylor's relationship with Richard Burton was complicated by the couple's alcoholism and physical abuse of each other, her pill taking and his overwhelming distress over his homosexual impulses, which drove him to drink. If their relationship weren't already doomed, Amburn reports, Burton's former lover Lawrence Olivier also tried to break the two up. Not only do we learn who slept with whom (the liaisons are too numerous to recount here) but there is also a wealth of speculation about the shape and firmness of Taylor's breasts, the size of Eddie Fisher's penis and the length of Montgomery Clift's foreskin. Short on startling insights, Amburn makes up for it with generous helpings of sexual details and Tinseltown gossip: Stewart Granger and Michael Wilding (Taylor's second husband) were lovers; Fisher mainlined methamphetamines; Maria Callas tried to snatch Burton from Taylor at a fancy dinner party. This superficial drive-through tour of Taylor's romantic life--she was once dubbed "the other woman of the year" by wit Oscar Levant--more than surpasses its goal to titillate. Photos not seen by PW. Agent, Al Lowman. (May)
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