Elizabeth Taylor | BBC documentary in the works

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A documentary series about Elizabeth Taylor is in the works at the BBC, with Kim Kardashian among the producers.


Elizabeth Taylor is undoubtedly one of the most iconic film stars of her era. By the mid 1960s, she was the highest paid film star in the world.

There have been copious books written and films made about the star too – Taylor has been portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter, Lindsay Lohan, Sherilyn Fenn and Louella Parsons among others; a biopic called A Special Relationship starring Rachel Weisz and written by Simon Beaufoy was announced in 2019, but there has been no news since then.

Now though, the BBC has commissioned a three part documentary, Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar, which will be executive produced by Kim Kardashian, Kari Lia and Hamish Fergusson.

The description of the documentary reads as follows:

The series will take a deep dive into Taylor’s craft and technique as an actor – one who mesmerised cinemagoers, but also changed the relationship between audiences and stars. We’ll see how she reinvented the nature of fame, even as she smashed the glass ceiling in Hollywood, before going on to become a billion-dollar businesswoman, activist and advocate.

We’ll draw on never-before-heard audio tapes, interviews, and unseen TV footage, alongside rich archive of her movies. The series will also feature interviews with a range of high-profile stars who knew Taylor personally – including Kim Kardashian, who conducted the last interview with her before she died, Dame Joan Collins, a friend and Hollywood contemporary who competed with Elizabeth for the role of Cleopatra, Margaret O’Brien, who went to school with her on the MGM backlot, close friend Carole Bayer Sager, leading scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci who worked alongside Elizabeth in the fight against AIDS, and others. Each has a unique insight into a different aspect of Taylor’s story.

Speaking about the series, Kardashian – there’s a name being mentioned on this site for the first time – said, “Elizabeth Taylor was unapologetically herself, a fighter. She is proof that you can keep evolving and changing and have different chapters in your life – and she paved the way for all of us who came after her with that blueprint”.

Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar is in production and will air on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

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