A Happy Man

In the summer of 1961 LIFE Magazine sent well-known photographer Dmitri Kessel to photograph the Taylor family at their cabin in Wyoming.  Although apparently not used as a cover, the photos are an extraordinarily charming look at a man at peace with himself.  After a turbulent marriage to Barbara Stanwyck, he was reluctant to remarry.  Ms. Thiess described him as having an  “emotional limp” when it came to marriage.  However, they did marry in May 1954 and had two children Terry, born in 1955 and Tessa, born in 1959.  It’s so good to see this fine man enjoying life at 50.  There are several groups of these photos and I will put them up over time.  LIFE allows their reproduction for personal, non-commercial use.

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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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