This podcast struggles and unfortunately succeeds (for people under 30) in making one of the most fascinating, outsized, controversial characters of the 20th century into a vapid self-promoter, surrounded by lackeys. Elizabeth Taylor, according to this, sat around all day ordering her flunkies to get her more public attention. Actually, she LIVED. She didn’t have to court media attention like a Kim Kardashian. She had accomplishments, some great, some tawdry and outrageous, but the public chased her, not the other way around. Also, she wasn’t universally beloved as this podcast implies. She was astonishingly beautiful and talented, and also a sexual predator - or should I say a husband predator (other people’s husbands). She won numerous acting, and later humanitarian awards, lived ostentatiously, and gave the finger to society. This weak series (as much as I could manage to listen) portrays her as a benevolent ruler of a corporation whose goal was to keep herself in the public eye. Katie Perry tried to turn Taylor into another boring Instagram publicity hound. After her film and stage career ended, Taylor raised money for HIV research. She did develop and promote a perfume under the Revlon brand after a while. (Probably gave proceeds to her foundation, I dunno.) The premise and content of this is podcast very strained, trying unsuccessfully to fit Taylor into a bland, pedestrian celebrity seeker. I hope someone comes along and does a serious podcast on Taylor’s life. It could be very exciting. This project deserves to go to a landfill.