Why Robert Taylor?

Robert Taylor hasn’t gotten the appreciation he deserves in the years since his death.  Mostly because of his political views, the Hollywood left has done its best to erase him from everything from film histories to buildings.  Mr. Taylor was a modest man with a small ego and a sharp eye for the absurdities around him.  He was a fine actor, a true professional, a pleasure to work with.  Robert Taylor was a Nebraska farm boy, an outdoor enthusiast, a patriot, a political activist, an officer in the Navy during World War II, a loving husband and father (the second time around) and a good son.  He was a superb equestrian, a good cook (especially barbeque), a lover of things that go fast (motorcycles, cars, planes), an entrepreneur and a movie star when that meant something.  Mr. Taylor was also a chain smoker who died far too young of lung cancer.  He made 77 movies ranging from superb to not so good.  This blog will  try in a small way to celebrate Robert Taylor’s life and work.

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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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3 Responses to Why Robert Taylor?

  1. Reblogged this on fanwritings and commented:
    SPOT ON.

    • I hope the situation has gotten better since the two biographies that came out recently and the good coverage Turner Classic Movies has give Mr. Taylor. Many more of his movies have come out on DVD (and Blu-Ray probably). Thanks for writing and for the reblog.

      • 🙂 You are most welcome, your blog has made my life better in many ways. You and Bob have inspired me to dedicate so much of my art and work to his memory. God bless you, Judith. Keep up the writing.

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