From book pages to the motion picture. Manhattan Girls. Part 2. “BUtterfield 8” by John O’Hara.

by Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts

Elizabeth Taylor made Gloria Wandrous, the leading lady of “BUtterfield 8” (1960), a seductive, elegant and proud character. She is beautiful, independent and a little dangerous, just like Gloria portrayed in the book. Living a double-life, she has many secrets. Secrets that eventually are too great to keep and being exposed as the plot unwinds, lead to the dramatic ending.


“Butterfield 8” was first published in 1935. John O’Hara wrote a story about Gloria Wandrous, a 1930ies glamour girl living in New York. Gloria entangles in series of affairs, until her meeting with Weston Liggett, the man who becomes more than just her usual one night adventure. Story begins when one Sunday morning Gloria wakes up alone in her lovers apartment and, in an act of revenge, steals Liggett’s wife mink coat. This initiates a chain of events that makes “this girl who later was to be the cause of a sensation in New York”.

“BUtterfield 8” was adapted into a movie and directed by Daniel Mann. The movie plot is merely inspired by the story written by John O’Hara, as it bears no more than a general resemblance to the novel. Elizabeth Taylor, the leading actress, played the role well, but without big dedication or particular fondness for the character. To her surprise, performance in the movie earned her nomination to the 33rd Academy Award for the Best Actress that Elizabeth won, being awarded with her first Oscar.

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