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.