Robert Taylor and a fireplace (Ivanhoe)
I received this a few days ago from my dear friend retired stuntwoman Martha Crawford Cantarini:
I have a cute story.
So many people who become ‘STARS’ believe their own publicity and become really hard to take.
But a few, like our RT, was always a human being, a gentleman and not a ‘STAR’.
I remember so well the day he told me they bought the ranch in Mandeville Canyon. He said the house was built by Phillips of the Phillips 66 Oil Company —— AND IT HAS 12 FIREPLACES !!!!!
He was not impressed with the bedrooms, the pool, the stabling fit for a Queen but oh was he thrilled with the fireplaces.
Dear dear man.
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.