• Elizabeth and Monty

  • The Untold Story of Their Intimate Friendship
  • By: Charles Casillo
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Elizabeth and Monty

By: Charles Casillo
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
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Publisher's Summary

When Elizabeth Taylor was cast opposite Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun, he was already a movie idol, with a natural sensitivity that set him apart. At 17, Elizabeth was known for her ravishing beauty rather than her talent. Directors treated her like a glamorous prop. But Monty took her seriously, inspiring and encouraging her. In her words, "That's when I began to act".

To Monty, she was "Bessie Mae", a name he coined for her earthy, private side. The press clamored for a wedding, convinced this was more than friendship. The truth was even more complex. Monty was drawn to women but sexually attracted to men - a fact that, if made public, would destroy his career. But he found acceptance with Elizabeth. Her devotion was never clearer than after his devastating car crash near her Hollywood home when she crawled into the wreckage and saved him from choking.

Monty's accident shattered his face and left him in constant pain. As he sank into alcoholism, Elizabeth used her power to keep him working. In turn, through scandals and multiple marriages, he was her constant. Their relationship endured until his death in 1966. Far more than the story of two icons, this is a unique and extraordinary love story that shines new light on both stars, revealing their triumphs, demons - and the loyalty that united them to the end.

©2021 Charles Casillo (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Very interesting, albeit slightly demeaning

I loved so much about this book. I didn't know nearly so much about just how far the relationship/friendship between Liz and Monty went. For all the gossip about how flawed of a person Elizabeth Taylor was, she shone through in the myriad of ways she fought for her friends, particularly for Montgomery Clift. Clift had an immediately recognisable charm in his movie roles, though it was attached to a certain indescribable mystique. This book expresses just how hard it was to pin down his personal character, in all of it's stories about his escapades, struggles, and quirky behaviors. I would've given it five stars, but there were times that I felt the book robbed itself of some dignity by including, for example, multiple comments about Monty's genitals. I could've lived without knowing, in vulgar detail, that a beloved actor of mine had an apparently small and ugly genitalia. Barring this, the book was an excellent listen, with an engaging narrator, that I recommend to any fans of classic Hollywood.

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Worthwhile (with Warts)

The facts of Elizabeth Taylor’s and Montgomery Clift‘s lives are endlessly fascinating, and they are presented here in glimmering (and, at times, in gross) detail. The writing has several loose threads and, despite the narrator’s pleasant voice, there are oddities there too in his work (Get a dictionary! Take a class! Call a coach!). I was glad to listen and glad to be done with it.

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Wonderful Look at Two Hollywood Icons

I could not stop listening to this one and was sad that it had to end. It's a great look at these two Hollywood icons (both in their friendship and in their separate lives). It never became a biography filled with assumptions; it never became "trashy." If anything, it was a very honest and revealing look at Liz Taylor and Monty which discusses their triumphs and their tragedies. Highly recommended for Old Hollywood buffs.

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  • 07-01-22

Brilliant! Need more Montgomery Clift biographies

This was a fantastic approach to portraying the narrative of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, whose lives intertwined, overlapped, and eventually drifted apart. I wish and hope that more books of Montgomery Clift become available on Audibles.

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Loved Everything About This Book

Riveting. Captivating. Narrator Was Excellent. Could Not Stop Listening. Kept Me Interested From Start To Finish.

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Wonderful book

So enjoyed this ‘spoken’ book. The reader has the most lovely timbre to his voice and I enjoyed every chapter learning about Elizabeth and Monty. What a great friendship they had

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GOOD READ FOR FANS

ENTERTAINING AND SAD VERY GOOD READS FOR FANS OF BOTH ACTORS AND ALL HUSBANDS OF TAYLOR