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updated 05/22/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/22/2000 01:00AM

The Obsessions, Passions and Courage of Elizabeth Taylor

by Ellis Amburn

What can be said about 68-year-old Elizabeth Taylor that hasn't been said before? Not much, which is precisely what Amburn—who has collaborated on autobiographies by Kim Novak, Shelley Winters and Zsa Zsa Gabor—delivers here in the course of 310 unauthorized pages.

We are dragged along well-trod terrain: the screen career, the eight marriages, the medical crises, the AIDS work. Amburn does provide plenty of psychobabble ("Only by drinking could she dispel the painful ambivalence she felt toward straight men") and gratuitous insults (ex-hubby Larry Fortensky was an "unambitious, unkempt Homer Simpson"). But revelations? La Liz once dated Bob Dylan. She advised Demi Moore to lose the breast implants. And oh, yes, she did voice-overs on commercials for her friend Steve Wynn's Biloxi, Miss., casino. Now that we didn't know. (Cliff Street/HarperCollins, $25)

Bottom Line: Liz deserves better

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