THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST ~ How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice
Book review and technical detail THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST ~ How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice M.G. Lord
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|Title||THE ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST ~ How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A chatty, name-dropping little assignment based on the angle that actors are, or become, the characters they portray in blur and on stage. Like those who anticipate of amateur John Wayne as a real-life He-Man, Jimmy Stewart as a array of developed Scout adept and Humphrey Bogart as a 18-carat boxy guy, cultural analyzer Lord (Masters of Professional Writing Program/Univ. of Southern California; Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science, 2005, etc.) sees a feminist in Elizabeth Taylor. The columnist analyzes Taylor’s assuming of characters from the assuming little babe who rode her horse to achievement in National Velvet to the blatant middle-aged wife in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and in her date achievement as the angry Regina in The Little Foxes. Into what is about a aglow mini-biography of the actress, Lord inserts abundant artifice summaries of Taylor's films, which she admits to accepting watched again , forth with tidbits about Taylor's several husbands and some of her adolescent actors: Richard Burton, Eddie Fisher, Montgomery Clift, Rock Hudson and others. Besides award actual for her apriorism in the scripts of Taylor's movies, the columnist interviewed bodies who knew her, formed with her, were accompanying to her or wrote about her, including annual columnist Liz Smith and Burton's babe Kate. In Lord’s view, the actress' assignment in the action adjoin AIDS in the 1980s demonstrates that roles played by Taylor as a adolescent woman afflicted her cerebration about amusing amends as an earlier woman. Not axial to the book but an informatory sidelight is the author’s annual of the Hays Code, which dictated the moral agreeable of Hollywood films from the aboriginal ’30s through best of the ’60s. It forbade nudity, adultery, animal perversion, miscegenation, biologic use and blasphemy to adoration and the flag. How the cipher shaped scripts and how admiral formed about the restrictions is a adventure account telling. Light account best acceptable to address to star-struck admirers of People magazine.
Movie stars establish themselves as brands--and Taylor's brand , in its most memorable outings, has repeatedly introduced a broad audience to feminist ideas. In her breakout film, "National Velvet" (1944), Taylor's character challenges gender discrimination,: Forbidden as a girl to ride her beloved horse in an important race, she poses as a male jockey. Her next milestone, "A Place in the Sun" (1951), can be seen as an abortion rights movie--a cautionary tale from a time before women had ready access to birth control. In "Butterfield 8" (1960), for which she won an Oscar, Taylor isn't censured because she's a prostitute, but because she chooses the men: she controls her sexuality, a core tenet of the third-wave feminism that emerged in the 1990s. Even "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) depicts the anguish that befalls a woman when the only way she can express herself is through her husband's stalled career and children. The legendary actress has lived her life defiantly in public--undermining post-war reactionary sex roles, helping directors thwart the Hollywood Production Code, which censored film content between 1934 and 1967. Defying death threats she spearheaded fundraising for AIDS research in the first years of the epidemic, and has championed the rights of people to love whom they love, regardless of gender. Yet her powerful feminist impact has been hidden in plain sight. Drawing on unpublished letters and scripts as well as interviews with Kate Burton, Gore Vidal, Austin Pendleton, Kevin McCarthy, Liz Smith, and others, The Accidental Feminist will surprise Taylor and film fans with its originality and will add a startling dimension to the star's enduring mystique.
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