Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption by Ellis CashmoreElizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption by Ellis Cashmore

Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption

byEllis Cashmore

Paperback | February 25, 2016

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The first volume to examine the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in this light, Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption paints Taylor as the seminal representation of "celebrity." A figure of enormous charisma and cultural sway, she intrigued a global audience with her marriages and extra-marital improprieties, as well as her extravagant jewelry, her never-ending illnesses, her dependency on alcohol, and her perplexing friendship with Michael Jackson. Despite her continued world-renown, however, most people would be hard-pressed to name even three of her films, though she made over seventy. Ellis Cashmore traces our modern, hyperactive celebrity culture back to a single instant in Taylor's life: the publicizing of her scandalous affair with Richard Burton by photographer Marcelo Geppetti in 1962, which announced the arrival of a new generation of predatory photojournalists and, along with them, a strange conflation between the public and private lives of celebrities. Taylor's life and public reception, Cashmore reveals, epitomizes the modern phenomenon of "celebrity."
Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama's America and other books such as Martin Scorsese's America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong...
Title:Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public ConsumptionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:February 25, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1628920696

ISBN - 13:9781628920697


Table of Contents

Timeline: Life and Times 1. The Most Public of Private Lives 2. Animal Delight 3. Like A Million Dollars 4. With Human Failings 5. Inseparable from the Gossip 6. Dismantling the Fantasy 7. Believing and Wanting to Believe 8. Beyond Condemnation 9. The Devil's Work 10. Every Fiber of My Soul 11. Facing Oblivion 12. Voyeurs and Performers 13. Rules of Engagement 14. No Life Without 15. Everything is for Sale 16. Other People's Lives 17. On Dangerous Ground 18. Only the Custodian 19. Nobody Can Hurt Her Players Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

'A Private Life' offers a rich and illuminating reassessment, invigorating the somewhat lackluster discourse about the iconic movie star. Although there are at least 10 biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, Cashmore's lively study provides a compelling interpretation and bridges the many gaps between Taylor's impact on the American zeitgeist and her alluring, infamous life.