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Elizabeth Taylor





Fresh off her triumph as Best Actress and recovery from a recent brush with death, Elizabeth Taylor is struggling with her hardest role yet: herself. Through an intimate conversation with her biographer, Call Me Elizabeth examines the movie star’s early life, career, and loves as she grapples with the culture of celebrity and her place as Hollywood’s brightest star. 


Call Me Elizabeth is solo performance piece focusing on the early life of Elizabeth Taylor. Set in May 1961, the play is inspired by Taylor’s conversations with writer Max Lerner as they discuss plans for a biography. Through a morning session with Lerner at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Taylor rediscovers her sense of self following her 1961 Academy Awards triumph and recovery from a nearly fatal battle with pneumonia. The play examines Taylor’s career, life, and loves, chronicling her survival in the face of adversity and tragedy, and illuminating the core compassion of her character that inspired her later activism efforts.


Photos: Collin Quinn Rice and Adam Decker

Call Me Elizabeth had its first staged reading on October 1, 2019, at The Den Theatre. In alignment with Taylor's advocacy work, the evening benefitted Howard Brown Health.