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How to be a Movie Star By William J. Mann

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Elizabeth Taylor has defined the very essence of Hollywood stardom. This title looks at a girl who grew up with fame, who learned early - and well - how to be famous, and how that fame was used and constructed to carry her through more than sixty years of public life.
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How to be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood 1941-1981 by William J. Mann

From her days as a youthful minx at Metro Goldwyn Mayer to her post-studio reign as America's lustiest middle-aged movie queen, Taylor has defined the very essence of Hollywood stardom. "How to be a Movie Star" is a different kind of book about Elizabeth Taylor: an intimate, up-close look at a girl who grew up with fame, who learned early - and well - how to be famous, and how that fame was used and constructed to carry her through more than sixty years of public life. Indeed, one might say Elizabeth went to school to learn how to be famous, her education courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, the greatest, most glamorous movie studio of all time.

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""How to Be a Movie Star"is more than a well-told, thoroughly researched tale about the most compelling movie star of her time. It's the captivating story of how movie-making magic actually happens--and a truly lively portrait of the greatest screen magician of them all. Mann knows his subject intimately."

--Peter Richmond, author of"Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee"

"Was Elizabeth Taylor the greatest product of the Hollywood star machine or its greatest victim? Or was she, perhaps, its inventor? At a time when celebrity culture seems to be spiraling out of control, William J. Mann's smart, engaging, clear-eyed case study of Taylor's unique life in the spotlight locates the 'real' person somewhere between her private life and her public image. It's a fresh, unique and wholly successful approach to a fascinating story."--Mark Harris, author of"Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood"

"A dazzling and sagacious red-carpet Technicolor guide


""How to Be a Movie Star" is more than a well-told, thoroughly researched tale about the most compelling movie star of her time. It's the captivating story of how movie-making magic actually happens--and a truly lively portrait of the greatest screen magician of them all. Mann knows his subject intimately."

--Peter Richmond, author of "Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee "

"Was Elizabeth Taylor the greatest product of the Hollywood star machine or its greatest victim? Or was she, perhaps, its inventor? At a time when celebrity culture seems to be spiraling out of control, William J. Mann's smart, engaging, clear-eyed case study of Taylor's unique life in the spotlight locates the 'real' person somewhere between her private life and her public image. It's a fresh, unique and wholly successful approach to a fascinating story."--Mark Harris, author of "Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood"

"A dazzling and sagacious red-carpet Technicolor

About William J. Mann


William J. Mann has written for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. He is the author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Katharine Hepburn. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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GOR001856549
How to be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood 1941-1981 by William J. Mann
William J. Mann
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Faber & Faber
2009-10-01
496
057123707X
9780571237074
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