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Who is Evelyn Hugo based on? Is Evelyn Hugo based on Elizabeth Taylor?

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a historical fiction novel by American author Taylor Jenkins Reid and published by Atria Books in 2017.

In an interview with PopSugar, Reid stated that her inspirations for the novel include;


  1. Elizabeth Taylor; the books Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations about Ava Gardner’s multiple relationships throughout her career;
  2. Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, an autobiography by Tab Hunter that describes what life was like for the LGBTQ+ community in Hollywood at the time; and
  3. Scandals of Classic Hollywood by Anne Helen Petersen.
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Who is Evelyn Hugo based on?

According to Reid, Evelyn Hugo is loosely based in part on actresses Elizabeth Taylor, who was married eight times to seven different men, and Ava Gardner, who revealed the secrets of her life to a journalist, who published them in Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations.

Is Evelyn Hugo based on Elizabeth Taylor?

As stated earlier, Evelyn Hugo is based on actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner.

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