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    Based on the story of the Egyptian queen, "Cleopatra" was a 1963 historic epic starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison.
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    Richard Burton starred as Marc Antony with Liz Taylor as Cleopatra, Nov. 9, 1962. "Cleopatra" is one of the most expensive films ever made. The film nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox.
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    The film earned Elizabeth Taylor a Guinness World Record title for "Most costume changes in a film." Taylor made 65 costume changes.
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    The film's expense was because of complicated sets, elaborate costumes and props that had to be constructed twice. Six months after the filming began, the entire production was relocated from London to Rome.
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  • 50th anniversary of 'Cleopatra'

    During filming, Elizabeth Taylor met Richard Burton and the two began a tumultuous love affair, which made headlines worldwide.
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  • 50th anniversary of 'Cleopatra'

    More than 20,000 different costumes were worn by the cast during filming. Taylor herself wore a stunning dress made of 24-carat gold cloth.
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  • 50th anniversary of 'Cleopatra'

    Elizabeth Taylor was awarded a record-setting contract of $1 million, an unprecedented salary for an actress in 1959. She had earned $7 million by the time the movie finished filming because of the delays of the production.
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    Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison film a scene from "Cleopatra." The film won four Academy Awards and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture.
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    The film received mixed reviews from critics, although Taylor and Burton's performances were praised for their performances.
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    Elizabeth Taylor in the title role of "Cleopatra," a 1963 film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The first screening was six hours long. The length was later cut to four hours for the premiere, but the studio demanded it be edited down to three hours.
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    Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "Cleopatra" in 1963. The film has been newly remastered and rereleased in honor of its 50th anniversary.
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    Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in costume in a publicity still issued for the 1963 film, "Cleopatra." Taylor and Burton divorced their respective spouses and wed in 1964.
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