Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon

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6.2 X 9.1 X 2.1 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Residence and the New York Times bestseller First Women. After working for CBS News in New York and Fox News in Washington, DC, she covered the White House for Bloomberg News during Barack Obama's administration. Now a CNN contributor, Brower has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, the Washington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek. She lives outside of Washington with her husband, their two 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! I feel like I know what made Elizabeth tick after reading it." -- Andy Cohen

"The last great movie star of the Hollywood studio system, the legendary Elizabeth Taylor was as complex and captivating as any role she ever played. Kate Andersen Brower vividly captures the icon throughout her eventful but tempestuous life, as an accomplished actress, much-married wife, devoted mother, loyal friend, savvy businesswoman, compassionate humanitarian, and international celebrity." -- Mark K. Updegrove, president & CEO of the LBJ Foundation and author of Incomparable Grace: JFK in the Presidency

"Magnetic and mercurial, ferocious and funny, sensual yet maternal, with explosive energy and a luminous purity of profound emotion, Elizabeth Taylor was a brilliant virtuoso of the camera and the greatest screen actress in Hollywood history." -- Camille Paglia, author of Sexual Personae

"There is perhaps no bigger (or more misunderstood) star than Elizabeth Taylor, who at last gets an authorized biography courtesy of Kate Andersen Brower and the Taylor estate. With access to Taylor's unpublished letters, diary entries, and off-the-record interview transcripts, as well as her own interviews with 250 of Taylor's closest friends and family, readers will get the most personal look at Taylor ever put to paper." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Told with style and great detail, making this a must read for new fans and longtime admirers alike." -- Town & Country

"Not unlike one of Taylor's performances, Brower's book captures your attention and won't let go." -- AV Club

"In this first authorized biography of the last of the great Hollywood studio-system stars, Brower mines previously unpublished interviews, personal letters, and diary entries as well as input from hundreds of friends and family to offer a comprehensive and intimate biography of a true icon...Taylor's tumultuous life unfolds in Brower's portrait like one of her own epic screen adventures. A must-read for Taylor's legions of fans and all who savor well-told and well-documented tales of Old Hollywood." -- Booklist

"A well-researched, gossipy portrait of a star...Brower chronicles Taylor's career, illnesses, marriages, affairs, and notoriously lavish lifestyle." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Brower convincingly depicts Taylor as a complex woman whose glamour, even today, is 'intoxicating.' The result is a mesmerizing appreciation of a legendary star." -- Publishers Weekly

"The book shares never-before-published details that capture her many sides. This well-researched biography gets as close to telling Taylor's story in her own words as readers will ever get. VERDICT There have been countless biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, but this one offers fascinating insight and may stand as the definitive one about the legendary actress." -- Library Journal