Elizabeth Taylor was more than the sum of her parts. With a larger-than-life persona as fascinating as any of her roles, the five-time Academy Award nominee garnered as much attention off the screen as on. One of the last actors to come out of the old studio system, Taylor had both the power to remake movies in her image and the freedom to choose projects that would test and expand her talents. Taylor’s on-again, off-again romance with costar Richard Burton was tabloid fodder, but the actress rose above and made her latest picture the real news. From epic period pieces such as Cleopatra to the deep, dark character drama of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Taylor’s iconic performances will remain her real legacy.