Elizabeth Taylor, Nibbles and Me (1946)
This is all you need to know: It’s the book Taylor wrote about her pet chipmunk when she was 14.
Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor: Her Own True Bestselling Story (1967)
It was panned as lightweight and insignificant — but it’s the only autobiography Taylor ever published. (Out of print)
Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Takes Off (1988)
The best line from Taylor’s weight-loss memoir: ”It’s a wonder I didn’t explode.”
Sheridan Morley, Elizabeth Taylor: A Celebration (1989)
An intelligent and measured assessment from a British film critic. (Out of print)
Alexander Walker, Elizabeth: The Life of Elizabeth Taylor (1991)
A bio that was lively and colorful without ever being gossipy.
Donald Spoto, A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor (1995)
A Passion for Life unabashedly restored Taylor to the role that always suited her best: The Hollywood legend with violet eyes to die for.
Gianni Bozzacchi, Elizabeth Taylor: The Queen and I (2002)
Never-before-seen photos from Taylor’s longtime personal photographer, who first met the actress on the set of The Comedians in Africa in 1965.
Elizabeth Taylor, My Love Affair With Jewelry (2003)
Forget the 1967 memoir (which didn’t reveal much) or 1988’s Elizabeth Takes Off: This luxe coffee-table book — featuring Taylor’s jaw-dropping diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, with details about each piece’s provenance — was as close to a real memoir as the star ever got.
William J. Mann, How to be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood (2009)
Probably the best of the recent biographies: an intimate, juicy, detailed chronicle of the years when Taylor was at the peak of her fame (and tabloid notoriety).
Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century (2010)
The Taylor-Burton love affair — covered so sensationally by the tabloids — is a familiar one. But this book brought something new to the story: Burton’s love letters to his wife.