Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Waiting On Wednesday ..... Elizabeth and Monty

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pick is Elizabeth and Monty: The Untold Story of Their Intimate Friendship by Charles Casillo 

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
Violet-eyed siren Elizabeth Taylor and classically handsome Montgomery Clift were the most gorgeous screen couple of their time. Over two decades of friendship they made, separately and together, some of the era’s defining movies—including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Misfits, Suddenly, Last Summer, and Cleopatra. Yet the relationship between these two figures—one a dazzling, larger-than-life star, the other hugely talented yet fatally troubled—has never truly been explored until now.

“Monty, Elizabeth likes me, but she loves you.” -Richard Burton

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 seventeen, 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 and kinship 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 and addiction, 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, right before he was to star with her in Reflections in a Golden Eye. His influence continued in her outspoken support for the gay community, especially during the AIDS crisis.

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.
Thanks to my 2020 #PopCultureResolution I became a fan of Montgomery Clift and have wanted to find out more about him and his work. I previously mentioned that I felt he had a vulnerability that comes through in his performances. I am not sure if it is just because of his accident and the turn his life took after that or something more undefinable.

I was aware that he and Elizabeth Taylor had a close friendship and loved A Place in the Sun with them in it so when I found out this book was being released it immediately went on my reading list. I hope it dives into who they both were aside from their friendship as well. I have a feeling it is going to make me want to watch more of both their movies.

It comes out in May and means it will offer a juicy nonfiction read for pool season.

Expected release date - May 25, 2021

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