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She and Nibbles were virtually inseparable during the shooting of National Velvet and other films; in fact the chipmunk almost got to appear in Courage of Lassie -- but he was so well behaved that he didn't look real, and his scene was cut! Recounted here are such stories as the happiest birthday of her life, when she was given King Charles, the horse who was called The Pi in National Velvet, because only Elizabeth could ride him.
Young readers will welcome this fall batch of reissues. Written when she was just 14, Elizabeth Taylor's Nibbles and Me provides an innocent account of the child actress's experiences and her adventures with her pet chipmunk. She shows so much joy for life and living things. Born in London to socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in She made her acting debut in a minor role in the Universal Pictures film There's One Born Every Minute but the studio ended her contract after a year.
She was then signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , and became a popular teen star after appearing in National Velvet She transitioned to more mature roles in the s, when she starred in the comedy Father of the Bride and received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama A Place in the Sun Despite being one of MGM's most bankable stars, Taylor wished to end her career in the early s.
She resented the studio's control and disliked many of the films to which she was assigned.
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She began receiving roles she enjoyed more in the mids, beginning with the epic drama Giant , and starred in several critically and commercially successful films in the following years. During the filming, Taylor and co-star Richard Burton began an extramarital affair, which caused a scandal. Despite public disapproval, she and Burton continued their relationship and were married in Dubbed "Liz and Dick" by the media, they starred in 11 films together, including The V.
Taylor received the best reviews of her career for Woolf , winning her second Academy Award and several other awards for her performance. She and Burton divorced in , but reconciled soon after, and remarried in The second marriage ended in divorce in Taylor's acting career began to decline in the late s, although she continued starring in films until the mids, after which she focused on supporting the career of her sixth husband, Senator John Warner. In the s, she acted in her first substantial stage roles and in several television films and series, and became the first celebrity to launch a perfume brand.
From the early s until her death, she dedicated her time to philanthropy, for which she received several accolades, including the Presidential Citizens Medal.
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Throughout her career, Taylor's personal life was the subject of constant media attention. She was married eight times to seven men, endured several serious illnesses, and led a jet set lifestyle, including assembling one of the most expensive private collections of jewelry in the world.
After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure in , at the age of The family led a privileged life in London during Taylor's childhood. In early , the Taylors decided to return to the United States due to fear of impending war in Europe. Kennedy also contacted Francis and encouraged him to return to the US with his family.
In California, Taylor's mother was frequently told that her daughter should audition for films.
Taylor received another opportunity in late , when her father's acquaintance, MGM producer Samuel Marx , arranged her to audition for a minor role requiring an actress with an English accent in Lassie Come Home Taylor was cast in her first starring role at the age of 12, when she was chosen to play a girl who wants to compete in the exclusively male Grand National in National Velvet. National Velvet became a box-office success upon its release on Christmas I hardly know or care whether she can act or not.
Taylor later stated that her childhood ended when she became a star, as MGM started to control every aspect of her life. When Taylor turned 15 in , MGM began to cultivate a more mature public image for her by organizing photo shoots and interviews that portrayed her as a "normal" teenager attending parties and going on dates. While it did not match the popularity of the previous film adaptation of Louisa M.
Alcott 's novel , it was a box-office success. Taylor made the transition to adult roles when she turned 18 in In her first mature role, the thriller Conspirator , she plays a woman who begins to suspect that her husband is a Soviet spy. Taylor's next film release, George Stevens ' A Place in the Sun , marked a departure from her earlier films. According to Taylor, it was the first film in which she had been asked to act, instead of simply being herself,  and it brought her critical acclaim for the first time since National Velvet.
Weiler of The New York Times wrote that she gives "a shaded, tender performance, and one in which her passionate and genuine romance avoids the pathos common to young love as it sometimes comes to the screen". Taylor's first two films made under her new contract were released ten days apart in early The second was Elephant Walk , a drama in which she played a British woman struggling to adapt to life on her husband's tea plantation in Ceylon.
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She had been loaned to Paramount Pictures for the film after its original star, Vivien Leigh , fell ill. In the fall, Taylor starred in two more film releases.
Beau Brummell was a Regency era period film, another project in which she was cast against her will. Scott Fitzgerald 's short story. Although she had instead wanted to be cast in The Barefoot Contessa , Taylor liked the film, and later stated that it "convinced me I wanted to be an actress instead of yawning my way through parts". By the mids, the American film industry was beginning to face serious competition from television, which resulted in studios producing fewer films, and focusing instead on their quality. Taylor considered her next performance as Maggie the Cat in the screen adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a career "high point", although it coincided with one of the most difficult periods in her personal life.
She had completed only two weeks of filming in March , when Todd was killed in a plane crash. During the production, Taylor's personal life drew further public attention when she began an affair with singer Eddie Fisher , whose marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds had been idealized by the media as the union of "America's sweethearts". Taylor's next film, Joseph L. The strategy worked, as the film became a financial success. By , Taylor owed one more film for MGM, which it decided should be BUtterfield 8 , a drama about a high-class sex worker.
After completing her MGM contract, Taylor starred in 20th Century-Fox 's Cleopatra — a historical epic which, according to film historian Alexander Doty, made her more famous than ever before. The studio publicly blamed Taylor for the production's troubles and unsuccessfully sued Burton and Taylor for allegedly damaging the film's commercial prospects with their behavior.
Taylor intended on following Cleopatra by headlining an all-star cast in Fox's black comedy What a Way to Go! In the meantime, film producers were eager to profit from the scandal surrounding Taylor and Burton, and they next starred together in Anthony Asquith 's The V. Released soon after Cleopatra , it became a box-office success.
After completing The V. Their next project, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In order to convincingly play year-old Martha, Taylor gained weight, wore a wig, and used make-up to make herself look old and tired — in stark contrast to her public image as a glamorous film star.
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In , Taylor and Burton also performed Doctor Faustus for a week in Oxford to benefit the Oxford University Dramatic Society ; he starred and she appeared in her first stage role as Helen of Troy , a part which required no speaking. It was a drama about a repressed gay man and his unfaithful wife, and was originally slated to co-star Taylor's old friend Montgomery Clift. His career had been in decline for several years due to his substance abuse problems, but Taylor was determined to secure his involvement in the project, and even offered to pay for his insurance.
Taylor's career was in decline by the late s. She had gained weight, was nearing middle age, and did not fit in with New Hollywood stars such as Jane Fonda and Julie Christie. The three films in which Taylor acted in were somewhat more successful. Zee and Co. She then appeared with Burton in the Dylan Thomas adaptation Under Milk Wood ; although her role was small, its producers decided to give her top-billing to profit from her fame. Although it was overall not successful,  : Taylor received some good reviews, with Vincent Canby of The New York Times writing that she has "a certain vulgar, ratty charm",  and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times stating, "The spectacle of Elizabeth Taylor growing older and more beautiful continues to amaze the population".
Taylor and Burton's last film together was the Harlech Television film Divorce His, Divorce Hers , fittingly named as they divorced the following year. Taylor took fewer roles after the mids, and focused on supporting the career of her sixth husband, Republican politician John Warner. In , she participated in the Soviet-American fantasy film The Blue Bird , a critical and box-office failure, and had a small role in the television film Victory at Entebbe , and in , she sang in the critically panned film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim 's A Little Night Music After a period of semi-retirement from films, Taylor starred in The Mirror Crack'd , adapted from an Agatha Christie mystery novel and featuring an ensemble cast of actors from the studio era, such as Angela Lansbury , Kim Novak , Rock Hudson, and Tony Curtis.
There's some acting in it, as well as some personal display. From the mids, Taylor acted mostly in television productions. She made cameos in the soap operas Hotel and All My Children in , and played a brothel keeper in the historical mini-series North and South in I could take the fame I'd resented and tried to get away from for so many years — but you can never get away from it — and use it to do some good.
I wanted to retire, but the tabloids wouldn't let me.
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So, I thought: If you're going to screw me over, I'll use you. Bush and Bill Clinton for lack of interest in combatting the disease. Taylor was honored with several awards for her philanthropic work. Taylor was the first celebrity to create her own collection of fragrances. Throughout her adult years, Taylor's personal life, and especially her eight marriages, drew a large amount of media attention and public disapproval. According to biographer Alexander Walker, "Whether she liked it or not Taylor was 18 when she married Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr.
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Taylor married her second husband, British actor Michael Wilding — a man 20 years her senior — in a low-key ceremony at Caxton Hall in London on February 21, Taylor married her third husband, theater and film producer Mike Todd, in Acapulco, Guerrero , Mexico , on February 2, While filming Cleopatra in Italy in , Taylor began an affair with her co-star, Welsh actor Richard Burton, although Burton was also married. Rumors about the affair began to circulate in the press, and were confirmed by a paparazzi shot of them on a yacht in Ischia.
Dubbed "Liz and Dick" by the media, Taylor and Burton starred together in 11 films, and led a jet-set lifestyle, spending millions on "furs, diamonds, paintings, designer clothes, travel, food, liquor, a yacht, and a jet". AbeBooks Bookseller Since: July 26, Items related to Elizabeth Taylor's Nibbles and Me.
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