Robert Taylor was in Italy from May to November of 1950, filming Quo Vadis. Barbara Stanwyck, in Hollywood, began to hear reports that he was dating an extra from the film. Always jealous, she flew to Italy and stayed for six weeks. By some accounts, during that stay she asked for her freedom from the marriage despite not really wanting a divorce. Mr. Taylor, however, agreed to give her what she said she wanted and they divorced in 1951. During their Italian stay the Taylors were photographed in both Venice and Rome. Here is a sample of those photographs.
Original caption for the pictures:
Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck visit Venice, Italy. In Rome for six months to portray the leading role in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Technicolor production of Quo Vadis, Robert Taylor was joined by his wife, Barbara Stanwyck, who traveled by Italy by plane as soon as she had completed her latest film assignment opposite Clark Gable in M-G-M’s To Please a Lady. On the first Saturday the actor had free from filming the picture, he and Miss Stanwyck boarded another plane and made the one-and-a-half hour flight to Venice. For two days they rode the waterways in the ancient gondolas (which haven’t changed in design for centuries), they strolled the few streets which are located on land and, in general, acted like any other American tourists visiting this most colorful of cities for the first time. The only difference was that wherever the two stars went they were trailed by dozens of natives who had no difficulty recognizing them.
On one of the small streets leading off St. Mark’s Square, they stroll and window shop. Tourists provide Venetians with their principal source of income.
They stayed at the luxurious Gritti Palace Hotel, right on the Grand Canal.