Good morning, and welcome to Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading.  Here we gather to share excerpts from our current reads, in the hopes of tempting others to read our books.

Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today I’m going to share some tidbits from Elizabeth, by J. Randy Taraborrelli.

In this biographical exploration of the life of this star, we can hope to discover some of the details of her life that were previously unknown to us.

Teaser:  On the big night, she walked onto the stage swathed in pleated white silk, with emerald-and-diamond earrings and a delicate spray of white buds in her hair.  It was a star-studded audience that included Carol Channing, Lauren Bacall, Montgomery Clift, and Beatrice Lilly. p. 251


Can’t you visualize her?  What about you?  What have you found within the pages of your books?  Hope you’ll stop by and share.


54 thoughts on “TEASER TUESDAYS — DEC. 7

    1. You know, I can’t say, never having met her in person. But every photo I’ve seen has had that color and the articles and books always refer to her “violet” eyes.

      They might be more enhanced for the photos, though. Thanks for stopping by, June.


  1. You’re welcome. I remember my mother always talking about her “lavender” eyes. I guess they are real. By now, someone would have “outed” her if they weren’t…LOL…


  2. I think I remember watching a movie with my mom that she starred in…it was one were she was in love with someone who murdered his preggers girlfriend…Lilies Of The Field? A Sun something or other? I can’t think of the title…


    1. Oh, yes, I can’t think of the title either, Patty…I think it would be fun to watch all of those classic movies of hers, and I can’t think of any of the earlier titles. Just Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Cleopatra.

      Thanks for visiting, Patty.

      Now I’m going to have to Google her films….Thank Goodness for Google!


      1. I think that was it…thanks for checking…I could have done it but I thought you might know…I just remember that the movie was sooooo deliciously good…


  3. Taylor is famous for her eyes. I think they are probably a rare shade of cornflower blue that turn purplish in certain lights. I don’t think they had ‘touch-ups’ on magazine’s back in the 50’s.

    I can definitely visualise her here. But the image keeps getting interrupted with that famous one of Marilyn Monroe. I guess it’s the description of the pleated white dress.

    Here’s my teaser: http://mywordlyobsessions.wordpress.com


    1. Yes, I agree, Zee…I’ve read some biographies about Marilyn lately, too, and they both were real “stars” in their heydays. The kind of star power that lives on (in Marilyn’s case).

      Thanks for stopping by.


  4. litwitch

    Great teaser! I’ve always loved Elizabeth Taylor. My favorite of her movies is probably one of the less known: Raintree County. Awesome film.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! For anyone else who’s interested, my teaser this week comes from The Serialist by David Gordon. It’s one of my favorite teasers to date.
    Here’s the link.


  5. Here is my teaser from Witchgrass: A Pipe Dream by Dave Wilkinson (Page 1):

    Most gardeners hate witchgrass. Of all weeds it is one of the most persistent and adaptable. Any small piece of rhizome left in the soil can become an aggressive plant ready to take over the plot. Witchgrass is hard to pull. Roots are deep, and break off easily. Any part left in the ground will grow again. Farmers say the species isn’t even good as hay, not as good as timothy or alfalfa. Some call it quickgrass.

    Early New England colonists blamed evil people for this garden invader. In the seventeenth century villagers would speak this way:

    “The surly woman living alone on her dead husband’s estate. She goes into the woods and consorts with the Devil. Signs his book. Fornicates with him. Eats mushrooms. She and the Devil send witchgrass to harass the virtuous and the Godly. Let us hang this witch and seize her rich farm.”


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