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Monday 29 January 2024

Unlocking the Legend: BBC Arts Presents "Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar"

Prepare to delve deep into the captivating life of one of Hollywood's most iconic figures as BBC Arts commissions an insightful new three-part documentary series, "Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar" (working title), produced by Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures. Executive produced by Kari Lia, Hamish Fergusson, and the renowned Kim Kardashian, the series promises unprecedented access to those who knew Elizabeth Taylor best, offering a fresh perspective on her multifaceted legacy.

Far from the tabloid narrative of scandal and excess, "Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar" aims to showcase the true significance of Taylor's impact, highlighting her roles not just as an actor and fashion icon, but as a trailblazing businesswoman and activist. Through exclusive interviews, never-before-heard audio recordings, and unseen TV footage, viewers will witness Taylor's evolution from child star to billion-dollar mogul, challenging conventions and reshaping the very nature of fame along the way.

The series will feature insights from a diverse array of personalities who crossed paths with Taylor, including Kim Kardashian, Dame Joan Collins, Margaret O'Brien, Carole Bayer Sager, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and more. Each contributor brings a unique perspective, shedding light on different facets of Taylor's remarkable journey.

Kim Kardashian, herself an executive producer on the project, reflects on Taylor's enduring influence: "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."

Alistair Pegg, Commissioning Editor at the BBC, anticipates that the series will offer viewers a fresh understanding of Taylor's artistry and resilience, while Hamish Fergusson, Creative Director at Passion Pictures, expresses excitement about exploring the legacy of a true luminary.

With international distribution by Fremantle, "Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar" promises to captivate audiences worldwide, offering a comprehensive portrait of a woman who not only conquered Hollywood but reshaped the very definition of stardom.

Produced for BBC Arts, the series is helmed by Series Director James House and Series Producer Jemma Chisnall, under the supervision of Commissioning Editor Alistair Pegg.

As production gears up, anticipation mounts for the premiere of "Elizabeth Taylor: Rebel Superstar" on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, offering audiences an unprecedented glimpse into the life and times of an enduring legend.

You can also buy Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit and Glamour of an Icon Hardcover – 8 Dec. 2022



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