Duration: 1st October – 31st October 2019
Number of books: 7
Hosted by:Crazy Challenge Connection
Elizabeth Taylor’s Marriages
Duration: October 1- October 31, 2019
Elizabeth Taylor was a British-American actress, who is known as one of Hollywood’s greatest female screen legends. Other than her beauty (she had dark hair and eyes so blue they appeared violet surrounded by dark double eyelashes), she was most known for her many marriages.
1. Elizabeth Taylor was 18 when she married Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr., heir to the Hilton Hotels chain, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills on May 6, 1950. MGM studios organized the large and expensive wedding, which became a major media event. In the weeks after their wedding, Taylor realized that she had made a mistake; not only did she and Hilton have few interests in common, but he was also abusive and a heavy drinker. She was granted a divorce in January 1951, eight months after their wedding.
-Read a book in which the main character has a nickname; tell us the nickname
OR read a book whose author’s first or last name starts with M or G. – IT by Stephen King (Big Bill)
2. Taylor married her second husband, British actor Michael Wilding – a man 20 years her senior – in a low-key ceremony at Caxton Hall in London on February 21, 1952. She had first met him in 1948 while filming The Conspirator in England, and their relationship began when she returned to film Ivanhoe in 1951. Taylor found their age gap appealing, as she wanted “the calm and quiet and security of friendship” from their relationship; he hoped that the marriage would aid his career in Hollywood. They had two sons. As Taylor grew older and more confident in herself, she began to drift apart from Wilding, whose failing career was also a source of marital strife. When she was away filming Giant in 1955, a gossip magazine caused a scandal by claiming that he had entertained strippers at their home. Taylor and Wilding announced their separation in the summer of 1956, and were divorced in 1957.
– Read a book in which a couple has a greater than 10 year age gap; tell us the ages
OR read a book which was originally published in February, any year; tell us the original publication date. – Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow (Dante is approximately late 20s. Jaf is 100s of years old)
3. Taylor married her third husband, theater and film producer Mike Todd, in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, on February 2, 1957. They had one daughter. Todd, known for publicity stunts, encouraged the media attention to their marriage; for example, in June 1957, he threw a birthday party at Madison Square Garden, which was attended by 18,000 guests and broadcast on CBS. His death in a plane crash on March 22, 1958, left Taylor devastated.
-Read a book in which a party takes place; tell us the circumstances
OR read a book with a page count containing the number “18”; tell us the page numbers. – The Falconer by Elizabeth May (the many balls which Alieana is forced to attend)
4. She was comforted by Todd’s and her friend, singer Eddie Fisher, with whom she soon began an affair. As Fisher was still married to actress Debbie Reynolds, the affair resulted in a public scandal, with Taylor being branded a “homewrecker”. Taylor and Fisher were married at the Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas on May 12, 1959; she later stated that she married him only due to her grief. While filming Cleopatra in Italy in 1962, Taylor began an affair with her co-star, Welsh actor Richard Burton, although Burton was also married. Rumors about the affair began to circulate in the press, and were confirmed by a paparazzi shot of them on a yacht in Ischia. Taylor was granted a divorce from Fisher on March 6, 1964, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
-Read a book in which there is a rebound affair; explain the circumstances
OR read a book in which the title starts with a letter in HOMEWRECKER; disregard A, An and The. – A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair (Justin’s parents’ marriage)
5. She married Richard Burton nine days after her divorce from Todd in a private ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Taylor and Burton starred together in 11 films, and led a jet-set lifestyle. They divorced for the first time in June 1974, but reconciled, and remarried in Kasane, Botswana, on October 10, 1975. The second marriage lasted less than a year, ending in divorce in July 1976.
Read a book in which the main character lives a jet-set lifestyle (spends a lot of money and travels a lot) OR read a book that takes place in a country other than the US; tell us the country. – African Myths & Tales by Flame Tree Studio
6. Soon after her final divorce from Burton, Taylor met her sixth husband, John Warner, a Republican politician from Virginia. They were married on December 4, 1976, after which Taylor concentrated on working for his electoral campaign. Once Warner had been elected to the Senate, she started to find her life as a politician’s wife in Washington, D. C. boring and lonely, becoming depressed, overweight, and increasingly addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol. Taylor and Warner separated in December 1981, and divorced a year later in November 1982.
– Read a book which includes a politician character; tell us who OR read a book with an alcoholic beverage on the cover; show us the cover.
7. After the divorce from Warner, Taylor dated actor Anthony Geary, and was engaged to Mexican lawyer Victor Luna in 1983–1984, and New York businessman Dennis Stein in 1985. She met her seventh – and last – husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky, at the Betty Ford Center in 1988. They were married at the Neverland Ranch of her long-time friend Michael Jackson on October 6, 1991. The wedding was again subject to intense media attention, with one photographer parachuting to the ranch and Taylor selling the wedding pictures to People magazine for $1 million, which she used to start her AIDS foundation. Taylor and Fortensky divorced in October 1996.
-Read a book in which the main character is divorced
OR read a book whose publisher’s name starts with a letter in AIDS; tell us the publisher’s name. – The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish