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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Elizabeth Taylor

ISBN 9781844574865
Publication Date September 2012
Formats Paperback 
Publisher British Film Institute
Series Film Stars

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the major film stars of the twentieth century, embodying all the glamour and allure of Hollywood stardom. Yet her achievements as an actress have often been overshadowed by her beauty and tumultuous life off-screen.
To redress this imbalance, Susan Smith offers an illuminating study of Elizabeth Taylor's work in film, exploring her fascinating
trajectory from child to adult star. Smith reveals the influence that Taylor's early work exerted over her later career and the ways in which her on-screen identity is profoundly rooted in her association with animals and nature. Smith carefully unpicks what made Taylor such a distinctive and dynamic on-screen performer – from the expressive use she made of her eyes to the dramatic significance of her voice – and considers the importance of certain professional collaborations that Taylor forged during her career, most notably her acting partnership with Montgomery Clift.

SUSAN SMITH is Senior Lecturer in
Film Studies at the University of
Sunderland, UK. She is the author
of Voices in Film (in Close-Up 2,
2007), The Musical: Race, Gender
and Performance
(2005), which
was selected as a CHOICE
Outstanding Academic Title in
2006, and of Hitchcock: Suspense,
Humour and Tone

Riding to Stardom
The Animal Returns
Acting on Instinct?
Coda: Moving On


Smith packs her slim volume with telling detail and a vivid re-evaluation of the actress' incredible flair for engaging with audiences.' - Total Film 'A first rate piece of analysis that will interest fans and budding performers alike.' - eyeforfilm.co.uk
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