Jackie Gleason and Robert Taylor

Recently I ran across this anecdote from Audrey Meadows book,  “Love Alice, My Life As a Honeymooner.” (1995).  It seemed worth passing on.  Ms. Meadows’ book is available from Amazon and other online retailers.

Ladies will recall that not so very long ago, any man compared with Robert Taylor would qualify for Super Hunk, virile, charming with demanding eyes and a voice with muscles.  He was not only a splendid actor in a wide variety of roles but one of he most handsome men in the western world.

A great smile, 1950s.

Bob Taylor was one of the few people who didn’t accept that judgement and remained friendly, no-airs nice guy known and liked by a lot of people, including Jackie Gleason.

And Jackie had a favor to ask of his friend Robert Taylor.

It seemed that one of Jackie’s top sponsors had a niece who was entranced with Robert Taylor.  She was a shy, fragile young woman but if Bob could meet with her at Jackie’s place just for a few minutes of small talk, her world would wear wings, the sponsor would be beholden and Jackie would be most grateful.

Anything for a pal.  Taylor arrived to meet the timid but anxious young lady at Jackie’s and did his best in stilted but enthusiastic banter as she positively piped inanities while smoothing the folds of her prim floor length evening gown

Abruptly, she decided that she must leave.  Taylor and Gleason rose in gentlemanly fashion and the lady turned and made her exit.  The dress had a prim front, but the back was missing from the waist down and Robert Taylor was thoroughly mooned by Jackie’s paid performer.

Jackie said Bob Taylor wanted to kill him but they were both laughing too hard for him to be a decent target, and Taylor to throw a punch.

Nothing like a good laugh.

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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