The first authorised biography of eternal legend Elizabeth Taylor.
Known for her glamorous beauty, soap-opera personal life and magnetic screen presence, Elizabeth Taylor was the twentieth century’s most famous film star. Including unseen photographs and unread private reflections, this authorised biography is a fascinating and complete portrait worthy of the legend and her legacy.
Elizabeth Taylor captures this intelligent, empathetic, tenacious, volatile and complex woman as never before, from her rise to massive fame at the age of twelve in National Velvet to becoming the first actor to negotiate a million-dollar salary for a film, from her eight marriages and enduring love affair with Richard Burton to her lifelong battle with addiction and her courageous efforts as an AIDS activist.
Using Elizabeth’s unpublished letters, diary entries and off-the-record interview transcripts as well as interviews with 250 of her closest friends and family, Kate Andersen Brower tells the full, unvarnished story of the classic Hollywood star who continues to captivate audiences the world over.
Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the No.1 New York Times bestseller The Residence and First Women, also a New York Times bestseller, as well as USA Today bestseller Team of Five, First in Line and the children’s book Exploring the White House. She is a CNN contributor and covered the Obama administration for Bloomberg News. She is also a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. Kate has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair and the Washington Post. She lives outside of Washington, DC, with her husband, their three young children and their wheaten terrier.
'A dazzling portrait of an incredible woman. Elizabeth’s life was more captivating than any film could ever be.'- Demi Moore -
‘Brower’s book takes the reader into the private world of the most famous celebrity of the 20th century. Elizabeth’s heart, mind, and passion come vividly alive on each page. We see her as a woman who struggled and ultimately survived to rewrite the playbook on celebrity and power. I never wanted it to end!’- Brooke Shields -
”'Many should be inspired by all that Elizabeth accomplished as an HIV and AIDS activist. Brower’s book took me back to the early days when Elizabeth fought so hard against the stigma surrounding people living with HIV and AIDS. She lived by the credo, 'To whom much is given, much is required.” - Elizabeth was not perfect, but she always tried to improve and be better. Her true nature is revealed here in these pages and her life story deserves to be told in a moving and transparent way.’- Magic Johnson
'Brower’s behind-the-curtain look at the most private thoughts of such an enormous cultural icon is a true page-turner!'- Andy Cohen -
'Kate Andersen Brower vividly captures the icon throughout her eventful but tempestuous life.'- Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation and author of Incomparable Grace: JFK in the Presidency -