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Elizabeth Taylor - An Intimate Portrait (1975)

A made-for-television documentary hosted by Peter Lawford in discussions with close friends, family and colleagues of Elizabeth Taylor about her life and career and featuring clips from her films and archive footage from her personal life.


Pat Shields


Al Ramrus




Complete credited cast:
Peter Lawford ... Himself - Host-Narrator
Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself (archive footage)
Roddy McDowall ... Himself
Vincente Minnelli ... Himself
Rock Hudson ... Himself
Helen Rose ... Herself
Richard Brooks ... Himself
Samuel Marx Samuel Marx ... Himself (as Sam Marx)
Sara Taylor Sara Taylor ... Herself - Elizabeth Taylor's Mother


Vintage 1975 documentary about the life of movie queen Elizabeth Taylor hosted by Peter Lawford, and featuring appearances by actors Roddy McDowall and Rock Hudson, directors Richard Brooks and Vincente Minnelli, Elizabeth's mother Sara Taylor, costumer Helen Rose, and producer Sam Marx. Included on the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" 2-DVD set. Unfortunately, everyone except Elizabeth in this illustrious group would pass away between the mid-1980s and late-1990s. She would eventually pass away in 2011 at the age of 79. Written by alfiehitchie

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30 April 1975 (USA) See more »

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Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood's Child See more »

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This TV film is included as an extra on the Warner 2 disc edition of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). See more »


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Decent Documentary For What It Is
25 August 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Elizabeth Taylor: An Intimate Portrait (1975)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Made-for-TV documentary hosted and narrated by Peter Lawford that discusses the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor. Even though this was made in 1975, Taylor is referred to as a legend, which was certainly true but it's also quite amazing considering all the things that hadn't yet happened in her life. The documentary does a fairly good job at talking about her days before Hollywood, how she got her start and what made her become so famous. The documentary takes a look at her personal life as well as her movies and for the most part this was very detailed for the era. With that said, there's no question that a lot more was needed in order to make this work. There are many times when boring stories are being told and just dragged along to the point where you lose focus in what the person is saying. This happens several times during the segments where Taylor's mother is interviewed, which is rather shocking because you'd think she'd have some better stories to tell. The highlight of the film comes when director Richard Brooks talks about working with her on CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, which was during a period where her husband at the time was killed in a plane crash. The gimmick he used to make her eat was a rather touching and funny story. Fans of Taylor will probably want to check this out but she certainly deserves a much better documentary.

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