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Estelle Taylor



From typist to movie star: that was the dream of many a female office worker of the early 20th century, and that dream came true for breathtaking brunette Estelle Taylor. It helped, of course, that she was possessed with boundless ambition and a keen business sense. Marrying into wealth at age 14, she divorced her husband at 18 when her modelling career began to flourish. She enjoyed the attentions of many a Stage Door Johnny while working as a Broadway chorus dancer, and caught the eye of not a few well-heeled producers when she decided upon a film career in 1920. Exotically beautiful, Taylor essayed such film roles as Miriam in DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1923), Mary Queen of Scots in the Mary Pickford vehicle Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (1925), and Lucrezia Borgia (a delightfully wry performance) in John Barrymore's Don Juan. In 1925, Taylor married world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, but the marriage ended in a well-publicized divorce in 1931. Making the switchover to sound with ease, Taylor continued to play good roles in such talkies as Cimarron (1931) and Call Her Savage (1932, as Clara Bow's mother) until she retired in the early 1930s. Taylor made a few short subjects in the late 1930s; her last appearance was in Jean Renoir's 1945 feature The Southerner. In the 1988 TV-movie biopic Dempsey, Estelle Taylor was portrayed by Victoria Tennant.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Blind Wives
  • Actor
2012
91% The Southerner
  • Lizzie
1945
No Score Yet I Want to Be a Chorus Girl ( Yo quiero ser bataclana)
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Call Her Savage
  • Ruth Springer
1932
No Score Yet The Unholy Garden
  • Eliza Mowbray
1931
53% Cimarron
  • Dixie Lee
1931
100% Street Scene
  • Mrs. Maurrant
1931
No Score Yet Liliom
  • Mme. Muskrat
1930
No Score Yet Where East Is East
  • Mme. de Sylva
1929
No Score Yet Show People
  • Herself
1928
No Score Yet Don Juan
  • Lucretia Borgia
1926
83% The Ten Commandments
  • Miriam
1923
No Score Yet Monte Cristo
  • Mercedes, Countess de Morcerf
1922
No Score Yet While New York Sleeps
  • A Wife
1920

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