Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Remembering Hollywood's Queen, Elizabeth Taylor

The beautiful and tumultuous life of a grand dame who became movie-made royalty


"It was probably the most chaotic time in my life," Taylor told Vanity Fair about the epic Cleopatra, for which Taylor became the first actor in history to be paid $1 million. When production ran into overtime (partly thanks to her explosive romance with Burton), Taylor's salary hit $4 million-plus, and the nearly bankrupt studio sued her. In time, both sides settled, but the film – at a whopping $44 million ($287 million in current dollars) – still remains the most expensive movie ever made.