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Kim Kardashian to Executive Produce and Star in Elizabeth Taylor Doc Series for BBC


Tue 30 Jan 2024 | 09:00 AM
Kim Kardashian, Elizabeth Taylor
Kim Kardashian, Elizabeth Taylor
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BBC Arts has tapped Academy Award-winning production firm Passion Pictures to make a three-part documentary series on Elizabeth Taylor, featuring and executive produced by Kim Kardashian.

The BBC unveiled the project with the working title "Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar "on Monday, noting that Taylor is “one of Hollywood’s most famous names.” It will be distributed internationally by Fremantle.

Executive produced by Kari Lia, Hamish Fergusson, and Kardashian, the project promises to feature “privileged access to those who knew her best, including members of Elizabeth Taylor’s family, friends, and colleagues from throughout her stellar career.” And it vows to shine the spotlight on “a superstar who transformed not just Hollywood but fame itself, as she went from child star to highest-paid actress in the world.”

A show description also highlights: “For too long the story of Elizabeth Taylor has been told as a soap opera. The eight marriages, the diamonds, the addictions. This series gives Elizabeth Taylor the significance she richly deserves, in all her incarnations: as an actor, rebel, business mogul, and activist — to reveal how Taylor created the blueprint for modern celebrity.”

The series will take a deep dive into the legendary star’s craft and technique as an actor and “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.”

It promises to “draw on never-before-heard audio tapes, interviews, and unseen TV footage, alongside rich archive of her movies.” 

The project will also feature interviews with a range of stars who knew Taylor personally, including 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.

“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,” Kardashian said.

"Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar" is currently in production and will air in the U.K. on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.