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The Accidental Feminist

How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice
Lord, M. G. (Book - 2012 )
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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 Drawing on unpublished letters and scripts as well as interviews with Kate Burton, Gore Vidal, Austin Pendleton, Kevin McCarthy, Liz Smith, and others, The Accidental Feminist will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.
Authors: Lord, M. G.
Title: The accidental feminist
how Elizabeth Taylor raised our consciousness and we were too distracted by her beauty to notice
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., c2012.
Characteristics: viii, 212 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Contents: The beautiful somnambulist
National Velvet, 1944
1945-1950
A place in the sun, 1951
1951-1955
Giant, 1956
1956-1959
Suddenly, last summer, 1959
BUtterfield 8, 1960
1960-1962
Cleopatra, 1963
1963-1965
The sandpiper, 1965
Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966
1967-1973
Ash Wednesday, 1973
The little foxes, 1981
1982-1984
Her greatest conscious gift, 1984-2011.
ISBN: 0802716695
9780802716699
Statement of Responsibility: M.G. Lord
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Motion picture actors and actresses United States Biography. Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011.
Topical Term: Motion picture actors and actresses
LCCN: 2011038047
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