Richard Davenport-Hines

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The Other Elizabeth Taylor

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‘Was she a writer, then?’ a crematorium official asked after Elizabeth Taylor died. ‘Well, I expect the name helped a lot.’ As Nicola Beauman shows in this first biography, published thirty-four years after the novelist’s death, sharing a name with the much-married movie star was a hindrance in her lifetime, and continues to muddle her reputation.

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