The Accidental Feminist
How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice
By M. G. Lord
(Walker & Company, Hardcover, 9780802716699, 224pp.)
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
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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 Drawing on unpublished letters and scripts as well as interviews with Kate Burton, Gore Vidal, Austin Pendleton, Kevin McCarthy, Liz Smith, and others, "The Accidental Feminist "will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.