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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.


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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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17 August 2004 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Some good clips are present in this TV biography of Elizabeth Taylor, but the people who speak about her are frequently a bit ridiculous. Peter Lawford, who hosts the show, sounds like he is reading the overblown dialogue off cue cards while half sloshed. Miss Taylor's mother tells long rambling stories about her daughter that could be any mother rambling on about her daughter when the guests are about.

The one good sequence shows director Richard Brooks speaking about the death of her husband, Mike Todd and the making of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF -- parts of his comments are bleeped out. The rest of it consists of macho guests like Roddy McDowall and Rock Hudson speaking of how beautiful she is.

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