it's book 'em friday and that's the cover of darwin porter and danforth prince's 'elizabeth taylor: there is nothing like a dame.' marcia and i have covered darwin porter's books on paul mccartney and steve mcqueen:
"he wasn't gay, he just swallowed our ..." and "Steve ordered us to rape him"
we wanted to cover porter's book on humphrey bogart. but? we hurried to read the book in a little over a week.
you can't do that. the elizabeth taylor book is 562 pages. if you rush it, you're going to miss a ton. each page has details. and marcia and i are covering the book tonight so be sure and click over to marcia's site to get her thoughts on the book.
this is an interesting read, to put it mildly. you will not be able to put it down. as always, the temptation is to speed read. don't do that. you'll miss so much (like we did when we hurried through the bogart book). you've got the story of taylor from the start on through 1968.
she's with richard burton at the end.
before she gets there, she's with a ton of men many have lusted over.
though she was never able to make love with montgomery clift, she got rock hudson in bed, gay or not. the same with james dean. her marriages are nothing compared to the men she made love with. lex braker, victor mature, ronald reagan (yes, that ronald reagan), vittorio gassman, marlon brando, fernando lamas, peter lawford, johnny stompanato (yes, the man lana turner was sleeping with - the gangster - that her daughter supposedly stabbed to death) and so many more.
many more men struck out, of course. that list would include howard hughes. the authors tell you that liz wasn't impressed with hughes manner of dress (hobo) but loathed the way he thought he could buy her. she rebuffed him repeatedly.
so he had to make do with his porno movie of her instead.
and yet --
the porno movie?
no liz didn't set out to make a porno movie and might not be aware she had.
johnny stompanato took her to a room to make love. what she didn't know was that he was taping it for mob boss mickey cohen. when howard hughes learned about the porn movie, he bought it from cohen for $50,000.
the biggest surprise to me was that elizabeth taylor had an affair with frank sinatra. i was surprised by it and surprised that i was surprised by it because frank sinatra was the warren beatty of his day so of course his pairing with taylor was going to happen.
elizabeth taylor's life is a hard 1 to cover because it was such a full life.
but porter and prince really do a good job of including the major events and keeping things moving.
you'll want to read it to find out what happens when liz, in her bra and panties, rejects joan crawford's pass.
but you'll want to read it for a hundred reason. including the way she and mike todd circled for some time before they got together. the book is in soft cover and had a list price of $23.95. we both found it at our local barnes & noble.
so pick up the book and learn about her conflicts with crawford, katharine hepburn, marlene dietrich. and especially marilyn monroe. it's all there, a fascinating book.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'