Elizabeth Taylor: Newsweek's Greatest Hits

From an exclusive interview with Taylor about her role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to tales of paparazzi swarming the set of Cleopatra, Newsweek's coverage of the film icon spans four decades. Tour our archives.

“Talk With a Star,” September 1, 1958

In September 1958, Newsweek scored an exclusive interview with Elizabeth Taylor about her role as “Maggie the Cat” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and her plans for future film projects. The magazine also reviewed the film.

“Talk With a Star,” September 1, 1958

In September 1958, Newsweek scored an exclusive interview with Elizabeth Taylor about her role as “Maggie the Cat” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and her plans for future film projects. The magazine also reviewed the film.

“That’s Show Biz,” September 22, 1958

Later that month, Newsweek ran a story on the tabloid sensation Taylor sparked when she allegedly “stole” singer Eddie Fisher from his wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, then known as “America’s Sweetheart.”

“Liz Taylor’s Ordeal,” March 20, 1961

On March 20, 1961, Newsweek reported on Taylor’s near-fatal bout with pneumonia, which delayed production on the film Cleopatra for months. Taylor passed away just three days after the 50th anniversary of this famous episode.

“Liz Taylor’s Ordeal,” March 20, 1961

On March 20, 1961, Newsweek reported on Taylor’s near-fatal bout with pneumonia, which delayed production on the film Cleopatra for months. Taylor passed away just three days after the 50th anniversary of this famous episode.

“Super Snoops,” April 16, 1962

The following year, Newsweek ran a piece on the paparazzi who swarmed the set of Cleopatra, shadowing Taylor’s every move as she shot the epic film. “Anybody who can’t sleep while The Liz is loose around town is paparazzo,” one photographer proclaimed. “That means me.”

“The Fortunes of Cleopatra,” March 25, 1963

In 1963, Newsweek ran a cover story on the production of Cleopatra, perhaps Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic role. Excesses and mismanagement lead to the film’s legendary budget; adjusted for inflation, it would equal around $320 million today. Almost 50 years later, Cleopatra still holds the record as the most expensive movie of all time.

“The Fortunes of Cleopatra,” March 25, 1963

In 1963, Newsweek ran a cover story on the production of Cleopatra, perhaps Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic role. Excesses and mismanagement lead to the film’s legendary budget; adjusted for inflation, it would equal around $320 million today. Almost 50 years later, Cleopatra still holds the record as the most expensive movie of all time.

“The Fortunes of Cleopatra,” March 25, 1963

In 1963, Newsweek ran a cover story on the production of Cleopatra, perhaps Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic role. Excesses and mismanagement lead to the film’s legendary budget; adjusted for inflation, it would equal around $320 million today. Almost 50 years later, Cleopatra still holds the record as the most expensive movie of all time.

“The Fortunes of Cleopatra,” March 25, 1963

In 1963, Newsweek ran a cover story on the production of Cleopatra, perhaps Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic role. Excesses and mismanagement lead to the film’s legendary budget; adjusted for inflation, it would equal around $320 million today. Almost 50 years later, Cleopatra still holds the record as the most expensive movie of all time.

“We Will Dance,” December 1st, 1964

In 1964, Taylor and actor Richard Burton were arguably the most famous couple in the world. This Newsweek article chronicles the off-screen flirting and bickering of the tempestuous “Liz and Dick” as they filmed The Sandpiper.

Newsweek cover featuring Elizabeth Taylor, June 28, 1999.

"Growing Up in the Spotlight," June 28, 1999

In 1999, Taylor again appeared on the cover of Newsweek, this time contributing a personal diary that described her childhood as a movie star and her friends in Hollywood. "I was a total daydreamer," she said of her school days.