Elizabeth Taylor by Elizabeth Taylor
My Love Affair with Jewelry

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""Here, in my own words and as I remember them, are my cherished stories about a lifetime of fun and love and laughter...I've never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I'm here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty." --Elizabeth Taylor" She has mesmerized movie audiences since her debut in "National Velvet" at the age of twelve, dazzled both men and women with her luminous beauty and iconic presence, displayed shrewd business acumen by creating a line of fragrances with unparalleled success, and her AIDS activism has been a call to arms for people around the world. She is Hollywood's greatest living star and a living legendElizabeth Taylor. One of her greatest passions is jewelry, and over the years she has amassed one of the world's foremost collections. By the time she was in her thirties, Elizabeth Taylor already owned an outstanding set of Burmese rubies and diamonds from Cartier, a fantastic emerald and diamond suite from Bulgari, and the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond, a gift from Richard Burton. That ring was later eclipsed by a subsequent gift from Burton, when he bought a staggering 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond. Newly named the Taylor-Burton Diamond, it catapulted Elizabeth Taylor into that rarefied pantheon of great jewelry collectors. In this revealing book, Elizabeth Taylor offers a personal guided tour of her collection. She takes us into her confidence, sharing personal anecdotes, witty asides, and intimate reminiscences about her life, her loves, and her collection. Whether talking about the famous La Peregrina pearl, which was briefly abducted by a household pet, or chatting about a childhood gift to her mother, Elizabeth Taylor shows herself to be the most seductive of storytellers: direct, irreverent, and charming. Complementing the stories are 125 stunning new photographs of her most remarkable pieces, specially commissioned for this book, and more than 150 rarely seen images (many from Elizabeth Taylor's personal collection) of the star wearing her jewelry over the course of almost sixty years. We see her as a young ingenue of fifteen wearing what would be the first of many charm bracelets, and again, equally dazzling, as a mature woman, wearing the famous Duchess of Windsor diamond brooch, which she purchased to benefit AIDS research. "Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry" marks the first time this beautiful jewelry will be seen together as a collection. Lavishly produced and illustrated, the book has an introduction by the world-renowned authority on jewelry, Francois Curiel, of Christie's. It is for those who are enchanted by this most incandescent and enduring star, for those who cherish and dream of jewelry, and most importantly, for those who believe in the true meaning of love. This book is a fabulous display of unbelievable glamour, assembled over a lifetime, by one of the most extraordinary women in the world.
 

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor is the star of more than fifty-five films, among them National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butterfield 8, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Cleopatra. For nearly two decades, she has been a leader in AIDS activism, including her founding role in the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR), and establishment of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF). She has also been an extraordinarily successful businesswoman with her bestselling line of fragrances. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in the year 2000. In 1987, France bestowed upon her its most prestigious award, the Legion d'Honneur, and in 2001 President Clinton recognized her with the Presidential Citizen's Medal. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, and in 1993 she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her work on behalf of AIDS. She also received the BAFTA Fellowship from the British Academy of Film and Television Ails, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Elizabeth Taylor lives in Bel-Air, California. She has four children, ten grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild...so far.
 
Published September 30, 2002 by Simon & Schuster. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Taylor has presumably had love affairs with many things over the course of her illustrious life. Her acting career might be one, and her seven husbands might be others. But perhaps her one constant

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The New York Times

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Taylor has shared Burton’s hot-and-heavy correspondence with Sam Kashner, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and Nancy Schoenberger, the author of “Dangerous Muse: The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood.” So it makes sense that Kashner and Schoenberger are protective of their generous subject.

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The New York Times

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The English novelist Elizabeth Taylor wrote with humor and sympathy about women who silently suffered as they sought to assert themselves in the world.

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The Guardian

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Written in 1968, The Wedding Group demonstrates the English writer Elizabeth Taylor's considerable strengths as a novelist, even though it does not quite show her at her bladed best.

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BC Books

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After reading this great review of Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by husband and wife team Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger I had to check it out for myself.

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Los Angeles Times

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Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger are the latest in a lengthy line of writers and memoirists to assess Taylor and Burton's epic romance, and the subtitle of their new book — "Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century" — suggests their particular jumping-off ...

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The Telegraph

Through the early stories – which can seem melodramatic and caricatured, progressively finessed as Taylor pares down – we see prototypes of characters fleshed out in the novels.

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The New York Review of Books

She would go on to publish eleven more novels, including Angel and A Game of Hide and Seek (both available from NYRB Classics), four collections of short stories (many of which originally appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other magazines), and a children’s book, Mossy Trotter, while liv...

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Carlin Romano

Although Mel Gussow, the obituary writer who predeceased Taylor by six years, asserted that Sara “shared with her daughter a love of movies and encouraged her to act,” others include Taylor on the short list of child stars — Judy Garland, Michael Jackson, Macaulay Culkin — who were driven into un...

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