Details on the new Elizabeth Taylor docuseries to be executive produced by Kim Kardashian
An icon of old Hollywood glamour, legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor ascended from child star to become one of the most famous and highest-paid actresses of her era. Known for groundbreaking roles in films like “Cleopatra” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” her on-screen resume alone cemented her status as a titan of 20th century cinema.
But behind the scenes, Taylor equally made waves through her trailblazing humanitarianism and business savvy – ultimately redefining what it meant to not just be a celebrity, but a celebrity voice for crucial causes. After conducting Elizabeth Taylor’s final print interview prior to her passing in 2011, Kim Kardashian now aims to pull back the curtain on the screen siren’s barrier-breaking life and career through an upcoming docuseries.
Commissioned by the BBC, the currently untitled three-part production promises to cast Taylor as “Rebel Superstar” while showcasing how she established the blueprint for modern celebrity as we know it today. Kardashian serves as executive producer on the series alongside Dan Reed, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.
While Taylor’s legendary filmography and status as the highest paid actress of her time will be explored, the docuseries angle also represents a more well-rounded picture of Elizabeth Taylor’s off-screen moxie through three key facets beyond performing.
Her record-breaking Business Instincts
Behind the movie star fame, Elizabeth Taylor also channeled her tenacity into multiple business ventures that further cemented her financial independence and acumen. Most notably, she launched her own line of luxury perfumes and cosmetics in collaboration with fashion and fragrance giants like Elizabeth Arden. Her White Diamonds perfume broke industry records to become a top seller globally. Taylor’s commercial prowess underscored she knew how to create and sell a captivating brand grounded in glamour.
Her HIV/AIDS Activism Legacy
Today, Elizabeth Taylor’s tireless efforts to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS and ignite funding for research stand as some of her most courageous work. After her dear friend and former co-star Rock Hudson died of AIDS-related illness in 1985, Taylor leveraged her fame as she co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) alongside research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim. She helped pioneer the modern tradition of celebrities utilising their platform and access to shape policy conversations. Testaments from figures like Dr. Anthony Fauci in the docuseries will explore this facet further.
Her Cultural Blueprint
Finally, the recent reexamination of Elizabeth Taylor as a pioneer who spoke out on sociopolitical issues while also commanding public fascination spotlights her ahead-of-her-time cultural influence. She fused unapologetic opinions with an uncanny knack for generating headlines akin to today’s celebrities. Pulling commentary from Kim Kardashian herself on this modern blueprint further cements the connective thread between generations icons.
Bringing these multifaceted sides of Elizabeth Taylor fully into focus, the docuseries ultimately aims to cement her legacy as an active force across entertainment, business and activism spheres. Far more than just a screen legend, Rebel Superstar showcases Taylor as a woman well ahead of her time, forging cultural impact then that still reverberates today. Look for the three-part BBC production to reveal Taylor’s boundary-breaking spirit when it releases later this year.