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Bridging Commerce and Classification through the American Art Film: The Case of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

The Hollywood Renaissance : Revisiting American Cinema’s Most Celebrated Era

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Nominated for thirteen Academy Awards (one in every eligible category), Mike Nichols’ adaptation of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) recalls the days when box office revenue and critical acclaim matched more often than...

Acting Out

William J. Mann

William J. Mann has written for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Hartford Courant, Salon, and other publications. He is the author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Katharine Hepburn; Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger; Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood; and Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How to Be a Movie Star : Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood 1941-1981

Faber & Faber, 2009

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...June 1955–October 1956 Tom Andre was heading into a war zone. Rattling over the back roads of west Texas in an open-air Jeep on a swelteringly hot afternoon, he was all too aware of the strife that awaited him on the set of George...

Animal delight

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.“The Elizabeth Taylor who’s famous, the one on film, really has no depth or meaning to me. She’s a totally superficial working thing, a commodity. I really don’t know what the ingredients of the image...

Believing and wanting to believe

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.On January 13, 1962, Associated Press carried a report headlined ceil chapman’s fashions turn to days of cleopatra. Chapman, a high-end fashion designer, who had made dresses for Grace Kelly...

Beyond condemnation

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by Rudolf Dietrich/ullstein bild via Getty Images.Marilyn Monroe was in torment: she was getting $100,000 for her next film Something’s Got to Give (1962). So it seemed like sour grapes when she whined: “Fox should start paying...

Nobody can hurt her

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by MGM Studios/Archive Photos/Getty Images.Suppose Elizabeth Taylor had retired from acting in 1955. Already an established Hollywood star with twenty films to her credit, the 23-year-old explains: “I’ve just had my second baby and I...

A Second Chance on Life

William J. Mann

William J. Mann has written for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Hartford Courant, Salon, and other publications. He is the author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Katharine Hepburn; Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger; Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood; and Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How to Be a Movie Star : Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood 1941-1981

Faber & Faber, 2009

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...May 1959–April 1961 Aboard the Olnico, a two-hundred-ton chartered white yacht, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher sailed up the northeast coast of Spain on a very public honeymoon. Their cabin was decorated to look like Christopher...

Only the custodian

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.Sometimes, it is difficult to know whether people have an endless capacity to forgive and forget, or just suffer from poor memory. In 1964, with Taylor married to Richard Burton and Debbie Reynolds married...

On dangerous ground

Ellis Cashmore

Ellis Cashmore is the author of Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama’s America and other books such as Martin Scorsese’s America and Tyson: Nurture of the Beast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at Aston University, UK, having previously held positions at the University of Tampa, USA, and the University of Hong Kong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Elizabeth Taylor : A Private Life for Public Consumption

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage. Getty Images.They called him the “King of Pop.” Some say Taylor herself christened him this when she awarded him with the Soul Train Heritage Award in 1989. Like Taylor, Michael Jackson was a performer...

No Deodorant Like Success

William J. Mann

William J. Mann has written for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Hartford Courant, Salon, and other publications. He is the author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Katharine Hepburn; Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger; Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood; and Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How to Be a Movie Star : Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood 1941-1981

Faber & Faber, 2009

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...April 1962–July 1965 No matter the stories flying across the Atlantic about the scandal on the set of Cleopatra—or maybe, in fact, because of them—George Stevens wanted one actress and one actress only to play Mary Magdalene in his epic...