Picks and Pans Review: Elizabeth

UPDATED 08/28/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/28/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

By Randy Taraborrelli
REVIEWED BY JUDITH NEWMAN
BIOGRAPHY

If seasoned celeb biographer Taraborrelli has it right—and he did interview countless friends and at least one ex for this unauthorized bio—Elizabeth Taylor is a pill. A stunning one, but still: crass, whiny, self-dramatizing. Make the features a bit more pedestrian, and it's hard to imagine anyone putting up with her, let alone showering her with diamonds. And if he's wrong, well, Taraborrelli does spin a good yarn. It's all here: the stage mother, the movie moments (those eyes made more exquisite by double eyelashes—a mutation, it turns out), and the marriage-prone, illness-plagued life. Despite the glamour, the wealth and the years with the glorious, monstrous Richard Burton, you'll be grateful she's Elizabeth Taylor and you're not.

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