Robert Taylor: We’ll Always Remember Him This Way


“I got into pictures because I was good looking,” said the man born Spangler Arlington Brugh. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

This is a magazine article from 1969.

“He was more than a pretty boy….he was a man who respected his profession and was a  master of it….” said Governor Ronald Reagan, overcome with emotion as he recited the eulogy at Robert Taylor’s funeral.  At 57, the handsome Hollywood matinee idol of 70 films had succumbed June 9 after a year-long battle with lung cancer.  In real life, Taylor was a gentle and quiet man.  He wed Barbara Stanwyck in 1939. They divorced in 1951 but remained friends until the end.  In 1954, Taylor married German actress Ursula Thiess and they had two children–Terence, 13 and Tessa, 9.  He had always enjoyed a beautiful relationship with his family and his dying words to Reagan concerned his heartbroken widow.  “He wanted me to say,” the governor sobbed, touched by the sad memory, “Ursula, be happy.”



These are the original photos from the article with the original captions.

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Bob and Barbara had a perfect marriage for 12 years.


Bob and Ursula lived quietly on their Mandeville Ranch.

Bob and Ursula lived quietly on their Mandeville Ranch.

The two Taylors--Elizabeth and Robert--starred in "Ivanhoe," 1953

The two Taylors–Elizabeth and Robert–starred in “Ivanhoe,” 1953

Taylor was Armand to Greta Garbo's "Camille" in the 1937 film.

Taylor was Armand to Greta Garbo’s “Camille” in the 1937 film.

Taylor, who flew a plane in real life, starred in "Flight Command."

Taylor, who flew a plane in real life, starred in “Flight Command.”


“The man with the perfect profile”–at his 1933 screen test.

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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2 Responses to Robert Taylor: We’ll Always Remember Him This Way

  1. andrew dock says:

    Such a warm and human response to a great loss.


  2. giraffe44 says:

    I agree. If only he could have given up cigarettes. Thanks for writing.


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