Mainstream, J R Books, Pan and Faber are to rush publication of titles on Elizabeth Taylor, after the Oscar-winning film star died today [23rd March].
Mainstream is to release biography Elizabeth Taylor: The Lady, The Lover, The Legend: 1932-2011, "in the next few weeks", having had it written and edited for five years.
The title is written by Hollywood biographer David Bret, who is just contributing a final epilogue following her death. The publisher acquired world rights to the title in 2006 but decided not to publish before her death due to concerns over litigation, as it includes many "'spiked' interviews and information which other biographers have shied away from revealing".
Publisher and joint m.d. Bill Campbell described the print run as "big", adding: "[Taylor has] got a fantastic fanbase. We're obviously very respectful, and David Bret shows his respect for her, but she was never far from controversy, from trouble really".
In the book, Bret claims that Taylor was the most controversial Hollywood icon since Mae West, and the book includes revelations about her mother's lesbian affairs and romances with directors to get parts for her daughter; Taylor's husband Richard Burton's bisexuality; and the millions Taylor spent on houses, jewels and a yacht.
Mainstream had already sold North American and Swedish rights, and will publish as a £17.99 hardback.
J R Books is also bringing forward paperback publication of its 2010 dual biography Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and The Marriage of the Century. Originally scheduled for June, the title will now be published on 8th April.
Meanwhile, Pan Macmillan has ordered a 25,000-strong reprint of its biography of the actress by J Randy Taraborelli, Elizabeth, first published in 2007. It has not been out of print, but editorial director Ingrid Connell said: "Within about 10 minutes, we had customers ringing because they wanted copies". The reprint will come out on Friday [25th March].
Finally, Faber has changed the publication date of the paperback of How to Be A Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood. Originally scheduled for June 2012, the title will now be released on 7th July 2011. It is yet to be decided whether the title will include new material.
Other recent titles on the film star include Anova imprint Pavilion’s illustrated title Elizabeth Taylor: A Life in Pictures.
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