Robert Taylor Actor Has 100,000 Views July 10, 2014

fireworksThank You!         Thank You!          Thank You!          Thank You!          Thank You!

When I started this blog in 2012 I had no idea whether anyone would ever look at it.  My husband and I had moved to Florida in 2011 and began building a new life.  One Saturday evening Turner Classic Movies showed “Ivanhoe” and “Quentin Durward” with the legendary Robert Taylor.  The films rekindled a 50 year old passion.  As a teenager I loved Robert Taylor and filled scrapbooks with clippings and photos.  They’re all gone now.  As an adult with a marriage and a career as an Art Historian I didn’t have time for movie stars.  Now, retired, I do.

RT1818Many people have helped with this project, directly or indirectly:

Fred Hanhisalo, my husband of 47 years, who has been so gracious about my virtual pursuit of another man.

Linda J. Alexander, whose book Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood and Communism.  (Tease Publishing, 2008) has been both an inspiration and a continuing resource. Check out her new book I Am Mister Ed…Allan “Rocky” Lane this month.

Charles Tranberg, whose book Robert Taylor: a Biography (BearManor Media  2010) has also been a tremendous resource. His latest is Fredric March: A Consummate Actor (2013).

Tessa Taylor, Robert Taylor’s daughter, has graciously answered many questions about her father.

Ralph Moratz,  worked with Robert Taylor and has given such a vivid picture of him.

Gillian Kelly of Glasgow who is writing her PhD dissertation on Robert Taylor was nice enough to share some of her work with me.

I want to thank people whose comments and support have been so helpful:  June in Australia, Dianne in Pennsylvania and especially Su in Argentina.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Robert Taylor fans from around the world including Giustina from Italy, Janet from Germany and Elena from Spain.

Last but definitely not least–thanks to every single person who has viewed this blog.  The average visitor looks at 6 to 7 posts, which is encouraging to a blogger. Please keep dropping by.  Judith



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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6 Responses to Robert Taylor Actor Has 100,000 Views July 10, 2014

  1. congratulations, Judith! thank you for the mention, very much appreciated!


  2. SusanaG says:

    Congratulations Judith! 100,000 visits is a milestone and quite a reason to be happy. I know the feeling. I’ve maintained my own blogs for several years—can’t do that anymore, at least for the moment, due to work constraints—and I remember I also published a thank you post when one of the blogs reached its first year online—like you, I thought only me and a few others would be interested in it, and was stunned to see it had brought together so many people around the world! It’s a very encouraging feeling indeed.
    While my blogs have nothing to do with performing arts, I had always wondered why on earth there wasn’t any good website devoted to Robert Taylor, a childhood hero rediscovered in my adult life. I had even considered setting up one, along with a friend and fan, but the project never took off. Shortly after I found YOUR BLOG and realized no one would do it better than you. I even dare to say the cyberspace reserved for Robert Taylor was in fact waiting for you, because you really know how to run a very entertaining, informative, interesting, thought-provoking, image-packed blog, which in no way is an easy task.
    I’m so proud to be part of a wonderful Taylor fans community we’ve built up on the web from every corner of the world, with your blog, Linda’s and Charles’s books and of course, dear Tessa’s friendship being the core of this wonderful community.
    Please, keep up the good work Judith, and many, many thanks for keeping Robert Taylor’s memory alive.


  3. June says:

    My congratulations also Judith, and may I heartily and warmly endorse Su’s comments… as usual.
    I have been a Robert Taylor tragic since my early teens and and so it is with much astonishment and gratitude that I find,in my 78th year, I am part of a worldwide enthusiastic Robert Taylor community. As I grew older I was sure that I was but one of a few who still remembered and admired him, but am now linked with others who admire and love this special person who has given so much pleasure to so many.
    Judith, when I stumbled across your blog I had no idea how much pleasure I would get reading your ongoing posts. So much information, always so interesting and original and to an Aussie whose access to information over the years was limited to excerpts in film magazines and TV magazines during The Detective series, your blog was gold. Yes, the internet has opened up the world like a Pandora’s box, but finding your blog was just the best. I am also thankful to Linda Alexander for my decision to undertake the long trip to America to attend the Robert Taylor 100th Birthday Celebration in Beatrice, and unbelievably meet the delightful Terry and Tessa Taylor. Memories which will last forever, especially of Tessa.
    Judith, I have thanked you many times for your blogs, and am so delighted that your hard work and devotion has been so richly rewarded, with such resounding success.
    The thanks is all ours.


  4. giraffe44 says:

    Susanna and June. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your comments. One of the nicest things about doing the blog is that it has brought me in contact with wonderful people like you. It’s so delightful to find someone who shares in your enthusiasms. Thanks so much.


  5. giustina says:

    grazie tesoro mio grazie a te a linda e charles perche mantenete vivo il suo ricordo perche sono sicura che bob era un uomo speciale e perche so che lui e molto felice di come state onorando la sua memoria per sempre


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