cover image Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon

Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon

Kate Andersen Brower. Harper, $32.50 (512p) ISBN 978-0-063-06765-3

Journalist Brower (Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump) captures in this glowing portrait the larger-than-life story of British American actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011), who “defined twentieth-century Hollywood for a global audience.” Taylor shot to stardom at age 12 with her role as Velvet Brown in the 1944 film National Velvet, and she really came into her own with her portrayal of Angela Vickers in the 1951 melodrama A Place in the Sun. “I was bitten, and I loved the possibility of acting,” Taylor said in an unpublished interview at the time. Brower meticulously details Taylor’s stormy romantic relationships, from marrying hotel heir Nicky Hilton as a “means of escape”from her parents to her tumultuous two marriages to actor Richard Burton, who called their relationship “Le Scandale.” In her later years, Taylor became an AIDS activist and humanitarian. Brower convincingly depicts Taylor as a complex woman whose glamour, even today, is “intoxicating.” The result is a mesmerizing appreciation of a legendary star. Agent: Howard Yoon, Ross Yoon Agency. (Dec.)