updated 03/22/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/23/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
It was not only her great beauty that made Elizabeth Taylor a star, it was how she lived her life and shared her good fortune with others. Because of her many gifts, her name will live on long after her death, which took place exactly a year ago, March 23.
To mark the anniversary, Life.com has assembled a special gallery of the legend who graced the weekly magazine’s cover a record 14 times – starting on July 14, 1947, when Taylor was only 15 but already an MGM star for having created a sensation three years before, in National Velvet.
The 13 never-before-published photos all come from Life’s visit with Taylor and her similarly stunning costar (and close friend) Montgomery Clift on the Paramount lot while the two were making the 1951 tragic drama A Place in the Sun.