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Elizabeth Taylor

by Bill Biss
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Tuesday Oct 23, 2012
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In the 1974 MGM film "That’s Entertainment!" Liza Minnelli spoke of the magic and enduring qualities of film, saying "Thank God for film. It can capture a performance and hold it right there forever. And if anyone says to you, ’Who was she or who was he?’ or ’What made them so great?’ I think a piece of film answers that question better than any words I know of."

These thoughtful words from Minnelli ring true and seem to be at the very heart of Cindy De La Hoz’s new book "Elizabeth Taylor: A Shining Legacy on Film." , In a grand fashion, De La Hoz presents the complete scope of Elizabeth Taylor’s film career, a career spanning 60 years of filmmaking and encompassing more than 60 films. There is no denying the scope of Hollywood history of which Miss Taylor was a crucial part and the fact that she learned her craft from the very best of actors and directors along the way. Each film from "There’s One Born Every Minute (1942)" to "These Old Broads (2001)" is presented with studio credits, film critics’ reviews during the initial release and a thorough and informative behind-the-screen "Notes" section which details her personal and professional life at the time.

Elizabeth Taylor’s breathtaking beauty is also on prominent display in both professional and candid color and black and white photos from the extensive collection of Joseph Cruz. Taylor’s sense of fun and sparkling personality bubble up throughout numerous and rare on-set photos (many displayed here for the first time). This adds a distinct joy and contrast to her regal place in the echelon of Hollywood royalty. Noted film author and historian Lou Valentino ["The Films of Lana Turner"] introduced Cindy to Joseph Cruz. This match "made in heaven" presents Elizabeth in all her glory, spirit and warmth.

"Elizabeth Taylor: A Shining Legacy on Film" is also filled with numerous quotes from the grand Dame, humanitarian and actress. One such eloquent and heartfelt quote on her feelings regarding acting reads, "The emotion has got to be there behind your eyes, behind your heart. You can never act superficially and get away with it." It’s quite clear... her "eyes" have it.

"Elizabeth Taylor: A Shining Legacy of Film"
Cindy De La Hoz
Running Press
$30.00

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