Laurette Taylor


Biography of Laurette Taylor

Laurette Taylor (April 1, 1883 – December 7, 1946) was an American stage and silent film star.

Early life

Laurette Taylor was born in New York City on April 1, 1883 of Irish extraction to James and Elizabeth (née Dorsey) Clooney as Loretta Helen Cooney.

Personal life

She married her first husband, Charles A. Taylor (born January 20, 1864, South Hadley, Massachusetts – died March 21, 1942, Glendale, California), around 1900. They had two children, Dwight (died 1986) and Marguerite (died 1995), but divorced around 1910. In 1912, she married British-born playwright J. Hartley Manners, who wrote Peg o' My Heart, a major and enduring personal triumph for Taylor, who toured in it extensively throughout the country. Based upon the popular novel by Mary O'Hara, the play's success inspired a 1922 film version starring Taylor and directed by King Vidor. A six-reel print of the film survives in the Motion Picture Division of the Library of Congress. The marriage was successful and Taylor remained married to Manners until his death in 1928.

Death

Taylor died from a coronary thrombosis on December 7, 1946, at age 63. Her great-granddaughter, Chloe Taylor, is an actress in Los Angeles, California.

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