June 8, 2021 is the 52nd anniversary of Robert Taylor’s death. As a personal tribute to him, these are two of my favorite Taylor photos.
The top photo is from 1935 and the second one approximately 20 years later.
Robert Taylor was a talented and skilled actor, a true professional, a gentleman, a patriot who served in the Navy in World War II. His career lasted for three decades on the screen and television. He was a good husband and father with his second wife, Ursula Thiess.
Mr. Taylor was extremely versatile. He could play playboys, soldiers, gangsters, a Roman general, a mental patient, medieval “parfait gentle knights.” cops, Broadway producers, frontiersmen, businessmen, lawyers, a cowboy (his favorite) and always, as Ava Gardner put it, “a perfect gentle lover.”
Robert Taylor was without ego, never totally left his roots in rural Nebraska, never pushed himself forward. We could use more like him in Hollywood today.
In 1960 he entered politics, campaigning for Ronald Reagan for Governor of California. He also campaigned for other Republicans.
Robert Taylor was married twice, first to Barbara Stanwyck and secondly to Ursula Thiess. With Ms. Thiess, he had two children, Terry and Tessa.
Mr. Taylor was a heavy smoker, which caused his death from lung cancer at age 57. He was cremated and his ashes are in the Forest Lawn cemetery, with his beloved Ursula, who died 40 years later. RIP