A Happy Man (Updated)

In the summer of 1961 LIFE Magazine sent well-known photographer Dmitri Kessel to photograph the Taylor family at their cabin in Wyoming.  The photos are an extraordinarily charming look at a man at peace with himself.  After a turbulent marriage to Barbara Stanwyck, he was reluctant to remarry.  Ms. Thiess described him as having an  “emotional limp” when it came to marriage.  However, they did marry in May 1954 and had two children Terry, born in 1955 and Tessa, born in 1959.  It’s so good to see this fine man enjoying life at 50.    LIFE allows the reproduction of photos for personal, non-commercial use.RT3626

Robert Taylor, Ursula Thiess, Tessa Taylor and Terry Taylor relax at their home in Wyoming 1961.  In 1963 the owner of the land, Clarence Tarbet, died and the land become a state park.  The Taylors were not warned about this. Mr. Taylor was angry at the discourtesy and left immediately without many of their possessions.  (Ursula Thiess, “…but I have promises to keep,” Xlibris Press, 2007, pp. 109-110.)


Robert, Tessa and Terry Taylor.
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Robert, Ursula,Terry and Tessa Taylor and Dmitri Kessel.
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The Taylors on the porch of their log cabin home.
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Robert, Ursula and Tessa Taylor.
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Robert, Tessa and Terry Taylor.
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Terry Taylor takes his Dad fishing on their property.
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Robert Taylor checking out some horses
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The Taylors loved riding. Ursula once rode through a wildfire to get to her home. (Ursula Thiess, “….but I have promises to keep, Xlibris Press, 2007, pp. 143-144.)
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The property in Wyoming.

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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8 Responses to A Happy Man (Updated)

  1. June says:

    Thank you once again Judith, such a lovely insight to their escape to their Wyoming retreat. Such lovely informal photos.

  2. Sid D Grubbs says:

    When I was a young guy I wanted to be like Robert Taylor the Voice the looks. I had the wavy brown hair and the Blue eyes.

  3. June says:

    Thanks Judith for posting these again. Such a beautiful pleasure to view them again and so appreciated as as the family valued their privacy, with limited access for family photos.

  4. giraffe44 says:

    It’s so great that Mr. Taylor found happiness with his family in his later years. It’s also such a tragedy that he didn’t get to enjoy them longer. I’m glad you enjoy the photos. Thanks for writing. Judith

  5. filmfundi says:

    Did the daughter ever take up acting like her parents? Where is she now?

    • giraffe44 says:

      I don’t think she has done any acting, but I could be wrong. She is very beautiful and has done at least some modeling. She lives in Washington State and is active in environmental and charitable causes.

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