The reality star is executive producing — and appearing in — a new docuseries about the screen legend.
Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar is the working title of the three-part BBC Arts project, which is already in production. According to a press release, the Cleopatra star’s life story has always “been told as a soap opera” (the marriages, addiction and glamour), but this series looks at how she “created the blueprint for modern celebrity.” Taylor went from child star to Academy Award-winner to billion-dollar businesswoman. It promises never-before-heard audio tapes, interviews (with family, friends and colleagues) and unseen TV footage.
The Kardashians star, 43, is not playing Taylor, despite her foray into acting. She will be featured in the project as the last person to interview the BUtterfield 8 actress before her 2011 death, at age 79. Kardashian draws parallels between their successes, saying in the release, Taylor “was unapologetically herself” and “proof that you can keep evolving and changing and have different chapters in your life … pav[ing] the way for all of us who came after her with that blueprint.”
Kardashian — also a billionaire businesswoman and activist who took a slightly different path to stardom — has long been fascinated by the violet-eyed icon. Here’s proof:
For the same magazine issue, Kardashian channeled one of Taylor’s most famous roles — Cleopatra in the 1963 film — but put her own mark on it. She dubbed the shoot: “Cleopatra with a K.”
Kardashian’s played Taylor’s Cleopatra more than once. In 2015, she did it again for the Violet Files.
In 2019, Kardashian did another Taylor shoot — wearing a sparkling Thierry Mugler gown — for 7Hollywood magazine. It didn’t go over well on social media at the time.
While Taylor’s White Diamonds perfume helped pad her bank account, her fortune included a vast jewelry collection, which was auctioned after her death in 2011 to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The entire collection sold for $137 million — and Kardashian was a buyer of three jade and diamond bracelets, paying $64,900.
(Kardashian also bought the custom velvet jacket Michael Jackson wore to Taylor’s 65th birthday party as a gift for her daughter, North. She also owns Princess Diana’s amethyst necklace and famously borrowed Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress for the 2022 Met Gala.)