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How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood 1941-1981 by William J. Mann is an intimate biography of one of the last true Hollywood icons.

William J. Mann has written for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. He is the author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Katharine Hepburn. He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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William J. Mann alternates his creative energies between fiction and nonfiction. His biography of Katharine Hepburn, titled Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, received extraordinary acclaim when it was published in 2006. In 2009, Mann published the 'quintessential story of fame': How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, which has become one of the best-selling biographies of the year. Born in Connecticut, Mann worked briefly in Washington, DC, as a Capitol Hill aide before receiving his Masters degree at Wesleyan University. He has worked as a freelance journalist and editor. Currently Mann divides his time between Provincetown, Massachusetts and Palm Springs, California.

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""How to Be a Movie Star"is more than a well-told, thoroughly researched tale about the most compelling movie star of her time. It's the captivating story of how movie-making magic actually happens--and a truly lively portrait of the greatest screen magician of them all. Mann knows his subject intimately."

--Peter Richmond, author of"Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee""Was Elizabeth Taylor the greatest product of the Hollywood star machine or its greatest victim? Or was she, perhaps, its inventor? At a time when celebrity culture seems to be spiraling out of control, William J. Mann's smart, engaging, clear-eyed case study of Taylor's unique life in the spotlight locates the 'real' person somewhere between her private life and her public image. It's a fresh, unique and wholly successful approach to a fascinating story."--Mark Harris, author of"Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood""A dazzling and sagacious red-carpet Technicolor guide


""How to Be a Movie Star" is more than a well-told, thoroughly researched tale about the most compelling movie star of her time. It's the captivating story of how movie-making magic actually happens--and a truly lively portrait of the greatest screen magician of them all. Mann knows his subject intimately."

--Peter Richmond, author of "Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee ""Was Elizabeth Taylor the greatest product of the Hollywood star machine or its greatest victim? Or was she, perhaps, its inventor? At a time when celebrity culture seems to be spiraling out of control, William J. Mann's smart, engaging, clear-eyed case study of Taylor's unique life in the spotlight locates the 'real' person somewhere between her private life and her public image. It's a fresh, unique and wholly successful approach to a fascinating story."--Mark Harris, author of "Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood""A dazzling and sagacious red-carpet Technicolor

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