Best known as one of the top leading actresses in Hollywood history, the two-time Academy Award winner was featured in a Playboy pictorial in January 1963. At the time, no one was hotter on the big screen, and Playboy capitalized on Taylor’s stardom. How popular was Elizabeth Taylor? That same year, she earned $1 million for her role in Cleopatra, making her the top-paid movie star up to that point. She’s known for appearing in the magazine right at the height of her success -- just one celebrity among dozens who were signed by Playboy at just the right time.