Elizabeth Taylor: 5 best biographies

Much talent, many marriages, and great beauty. Such is the legend of Elizabeth Taylor, who died today at the age of 79. Taylor – indisputably one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden era – attracted prodigious amounts of press coverage throughout her lengthy career. Here are a handful of the best books that chronicle her life.

1. Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor, by Alexander Walker

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For an overall look at the life of Elizabeth Taylor – particularly her early years – this biography by British film critic Alexander Walker makes a good starting point. Walker tackles everything from Taylor's strong-willed mother to her Hollywood triumphs to her many husbands to her drug and alcohol abuse.

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