Today for First Page Mondays on The Book Worm here is a book that I picked up over the weekend from a book sale at the book chain #Landmark. This is one of those books that I picked up the moment I saw it. I had read a little about the beautiful relationship these two people shared in a biography about Michael Jackson, and it had really impressed me even then. So naturally, I had to bring this one home.
I have managed to read only the first 4 pages today, between work and a splitting migraine headache that has taken over my day, but I can already say that the book is going to be well worth it all.
For now, here's the first page for you...
February 16, 1997
in some respects, it was just another hollywood night, another of those big affairs with a gallery of glamorous stars, overeager publicists, agents, managers and immaculately groomed industry executives - as well as a surge of pushy photographers and reporters who snapped pictures and shouted questions. barricaded on the sidelines were the fans, pumped up with excitement at seeing so many famous faces. on such occasions, everyone was accustomed to the star glow, the sparkling jewels, the designer gowns, the brilliant smiles, the air kisses, and the funny chatter that didn't mean much of anything. on such nights, it was almost hard for anyone else to be really impressed. glamour was, of course, valued, appreciated, held to high standards. yet glamour in hollywood was almost second nature.
but then in the midst of all the expected fanfare, all the lights and cameras and cries of joy, all the gilded chaos, there was a hush in the air. something miraculous seemed to have happened. suddenly, they were there. exiting from a limousine was elizabeth taylor, perhaps the greatest movie star of the twentieth century, and there wasn't one person who did not strain to see her. she still elicited the kind of awe that was seldom seen, the kind that had vanished long ago with the demise of the classic old hollywood and the old studio system. but no sooner had the great liz come into view than another wave of excitement roared through the crowd as a second star, the elusive michael jackson, no doubt the greatest entertainer of the twentieth century, stepped out of the same limousine.
elizabeth and michael. a dazzling pair. every eye was on them......
- Debolina Raja