“Elizabeth Taylor: A Shining Legacy on Film”
By Cindy De La Hoz
Hardcover (304 pages, $30 / Running Press)
Even casual Liz fans probably already know she was married eight times, had a monstrous 69-carat diamond, and rebounded from so many near-death experiences she seemed practically indestructible. But this treasure trove has plenty of other surprises—like the fact that she never really wanted the title role in “Cleopatra, wasn’t the director’s first choice for “Giant” and was an emotional wreck during filming of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” over the death of her husband in an airplane crash. A fittingly bountiful tribute to one of Hollywood’s most bountiful actresses, it’s packed with hundreds of rare photos, film facts, behind-the-scenes stories, and reviews of all the movies spanning Taylor’s amazing 60-year acting career, which began with “National Velvet” when she was 12 years old.