Taylor and Harlow take on Washington, DC

Shortly after the completion of Personal Property (1937) Robert Taylor and Jean Harlow were packed off to Washington DC, to, among other things, attend a birthday ball for
Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  They were both ill, Taylor with a cold or flu and Harlow with the uremic poisoning that would kill her before her 28th birthday.  The couple were rushed around, meeting politicians (mostly Democrats) and posing for pictures with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and other luminaries.  One senator grabbed Harlow for a smacking kiss while Taylor made an expression suggesting nausea.

Given Robert Taylor’s lifelong conservative Republican politics, this must have been a difficult experience.




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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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