This document was unknown in 1985 when the last page was closed on my seventh Cleopatra.
Nor was Cleopatra really all that good-looking, as acknowledged by her disappointed contemporary biographers.
Her latest book, Cleopatra: A Life, comes out from Little, Brown in November.
The first time I photographed Elizabeth Taylor was at Pinewood Studios in London on the set of Cleopatra in 1960.
Schiff, for instance, conjures a scene with the young Cleopatra “scampering down the colonnaded walkways of the palace.”
Cleopatra, however, was resolved to join the other side in the contest.
What magic in the utterance, what a revelation of Cleopatra's character and of Shakespeare's!
So it happened with Cleopatra, who with the assistance of her mother's prudent counsels, became an amiable girl.
It is this greatness of soul in Cleopatra which Shakespeare has now to portray.
The books refer to the life of Antony and Cleopatra as being given over to sensuality, licentiousness, profligacy.
A queen of Egypt in the first century b.c., famous for her beauty, charm, and luxurious living. She lived for some time in Rome with Julius Caesar. For several years after Caesar was assassinated, she lived in Egypt with the Roman politician Mark Antony. Antony killed himself on hearing a false report that she was dead. After Antony's death, Cleopatra committed suicide by allowing an asp, a poisonous snake, to bite her.
Note: The play Antony and Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare, dramatizes Cleopatra's affair with Antony and her suicide.