Laurette Taylor
American stage and silent film actress
Laurette Taylor
Laurette Taylor was an American stage and silent film star.
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Tennessee Williams Festival Continues Panel Discussion 9/24 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
He will also note Williams's interactions with legendary actors including Laurette Taylor, Marlon Brando, Geraldine Page and Tallulah Bankhead. His major thesis will be that Williams's passage through Broadway over twenty years made his reputation,
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Three plays for the price of two in Katoomba on Sunday - Blacktown Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Actress Laurette Taylor achieved her greatest success when she performed the play on radio on August 1, 1935. She also performed in the film version. Annette Emerson and David Cox will perform in this two-cast play and sing its many songs
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Willits and north county exhibitors show big at Redwood Empire Fair - Willits News
Google News - over 5 years
Laurette Taylor won a second-place Floriculture award for her container garden, while Brandon Thornsberry took a first- and second-place in the Junior department for his constructed furniture. Lani Ulvila won a first place in Home Arts for her
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FROM RAGS TO RICHES to Play the Metropolitan Playhouse, 9/17-10/16 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
In 1900, he married actress Laurette Taylor (nee Loretta Cooney), and From Rags to Riches was written for her. The play launched her career and proved a hit for Taylor, though as her reputation grew, his declined. They divorced in 1910
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BRIDGING TV & THEATRE: Faith Prince & DROP DEAD DIVA - Plus Laurents, Robbins ... - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Something Laurette Taylor did might be something I want to look at; maybe some Terrance McNally, too. I honestly think I am just getting started - I feel like I am at the age that I have meant to be my whole life; I am an old soul
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Williams in a minor key - Irish Echo
Google News - over 5 years
Amanda Wingfield made her first appearance in “The Pretty Trap” two full years before the completed version of “The Glass Menagerie” faced its first audience in Chicago in 1944, with Laurette Taylor giving an immortal performance as the faded southern
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'Peg O' My Heart' & 'Sistas' at Midtown Int'l Theatre F... - Times Square Chronicles
Google News - over 5 years
“Peg O' My Heart” is probably familiar, not only for the fact that it was a Broadway play, written by J. Hartley Manners, starring Laurette Taylor in 1912 at the Cort Theatre, but also because it inspired the song of the same name written by Fred
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Peg o' My Heart - Back Stage
Google News - over 5 years
The ghost of Laurette Taylor, one of America's most beloved and admired actors of another time, hangs over this new musical version of one of Taylor's greatest personal successes. The 1912 play was written by her husband, J. Hartley Manners,
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THE DVD SHELF: Jeanne Eagels, Helen Hayes, Fred Astaire, George Burns, the ... - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
(Old-time Broadway chronicles place it in a league with Laurette Taylor's Glass Menagerie.) Here, Eagels seems to be literally jumping out of her skin. I wonder how they teach that in acting school. Warner Archives, which gave us "The Letter," makes it
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Victoria Price | Vincent's Vincentennial - Play by Play
Google News - almost 6 years
And he was able to work with some of the best stage actors of the day, even the legendary Laurette Taylor, among many others.” He was involved with the Mercury Theatre for a while but became disillusioned there when it turned out to be Orson Welles'
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Droguée de la scène - Sud Ouest
Google News - almost 6 years
Écrite en 1967, elle s'inspire initialement de la vie tumultueuse de Laurette Taylor, une célèbre actrice de films muets, devenue alcoolique. Plus de dix années ont passé quand le réalisateur John Cassavetes signe le film culte du même nom,
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Stage Partnerships Raise the Chance Of Perfection
NYTimes - over 6 years
IT'S obvious even to those who've never set a foot backstage that collaboration is essential to theater. The most rigorously minimalist writing still requires an actor, a director, someone to help apply the greasepaint and move the follow spot. In a 1957 essay ruminating on the sometimes prickly relationship between playwrights and directors,
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A Playwright's Progress
NYTimes - almost 10 years
JEANNE MARSHALL has been a storyteller most of her life. ''I was a pathological liar as a child,'' Ms. Marshall said. ''So my mother said, 'You can be a con artist or a writer.' '' It's no secret that Ms. Marshall, 49, the playwright-in-residence at Luna Stage here, where she is also the public relations director, chose the second path. But for a
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THEATER; Sometimes You Can See the Sweat
NYTimes - over 10 years
ASK a seasoned theatergoer to name the leading stage actress in New York, and chances are the first name you'll hear is Cherry Jones. Ms. Jones's talent, industry and dedication to the stage over the last decade or so certainly make her a prime candidate for an honorary title once more quaintly referred to as the ''leading lady'' of the American
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THEATER REVIEW; An Emperor Who Tops What O'Neill Imagined
NYTimes - almost 11 years
Back in the day, Sarah Bernhardt's performance in ''La Dame aux Camélias'' was spoken of with reverence. Laurette Taylor in ''The Glass Menagerie'' was, for some still living, a high-water mark of dramatic interpretation. Maria Callas's few ''Toscas'' at the Met are recalled by those lucky enough to attend with similar wonderment, perfumed with
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AT HOME WITH: ELAINE STRITCH; Heart, Soul and Plenty of Leg
NYTimes - over 11 years
SHORTLY after 10 o'clock at the Carlyle hotel one recent evening, Elaine Stritch finished her final run-through of the day and, still carrying on a conversation with her musical director, disappeared into the next room. Six straight hours of rehearsing her forthcoming solo cabaret, ''Elaine Stritch at Home at the Carlyle,'' hadn't made a dent in
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
NYTimes - over 11 years
9 P.M. (ABC) EMPIRE -- Know why Julius Caesar's murderers managed to pull off the crime? Because Caesar's gladiator bodyguard and confidant, Tyrannus, wasn't around that day. The assassins had sent him on a kidnapping-related wild goose chase. Actually, Tyrannus (Jonathan Cake) is fictional, but he and Octavius (Santiago Cabrera, above right, with
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DIRECTIONS; The Face That Says 'Glass Menagerie,' Frame by Frame
NYTimes - almost 12 years
People, especially actors, who saw Laurette Taylor play Amanda Wingfield in the original production of ''The Glass Menagerie'' in 1945 typically say it was the best performance ever offered on the American stage. Tennessee Williams compared her radiance in the role (which he had based on his mother) to the ''greatest lines of poetry'' and mourned
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Shubert to Change Two Marquees To Honor Corporate Executives
NYTimes - over 12 years
An announcement yesterday that the Shubert Organization, Broadway's biggest theater owner, would rename two of its theaters, one after its late president and one after its current chairman, drew a mixed, often perplexed response from many in an industry in which having one's name carved into a marquee is considered the highest of honors. The
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THEATER REVIEW; Pint-Size Fighter Hangs Tough In World of Glass
NYTimes - over 12 years
A group of accomplished exorcists have been let loose on one of the most haunted plays in American theater. And against the odds, this courageous team -- led by the director Gregory Mosher and the actress Sally Field -- has succeeded in its mission. It has stripped Tennessee Williams's ''Glass Menagerie'' of six decades' accumlation of ghostly
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Laurette Taylor
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1946
    Age 62
    Taylor died from a coronary thrombosis on December 7, 1946, at age 63.
    More Details Hide Details She is interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City. Her great-granddaughter, Chloe Taylor, is an actress in Los Angeles, California. Writing after Taylor's death, Tennessee Williams paid tribute to "the great warmth of her heart", saying, "There was a radiance about her art which I can compare only to the greatest lines of poetry, and which gave me the same shock of revelation as if the air about us had been momentarily broken through by light from some clear space beyond us." In 1960, the play Laurette, starring Judy Holliday and directed by José Quintero, closed out of town in Philadelphia due to Holliday's battle with breast cancer. For years, film director George Cukor tried unsuccessfully to launch a film version of Taylor's life. In 1963, a musical adaptation of Laurette opened on Broadway. The musical, titled Jennie starred Mary Martin in the title role. Arnold Schulman's book is credited as having been suggested by Marguerite Courtney's Laurette, with a score by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. It only ran for 82 performances, receiving mediocre reviews. A one-act play, Opening Night, appeared briefly off-Broadway in October 1963. Peggy Wood portrayed Fanny Ellis, a once famous star who is preparing for a performance in her dressing room. Many thought Fanny was actually Taylor. Wood appeared with Ruth Gates. The play ran for only 47 performances.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1938
    Age 54
    McKay ended up devoting an entire section to Taylor, and it includes a section on her 1938 screen test.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor wrote an essay on acting, titled "The Quality Most Needed", which was included in some of the early editions of the text "Actors on Acting". In it, Taylor muses on the importance of imagination over physical beauty for the actress wishing to truly create art. She sharply criticizes performances where you can "see the acting", and warns against paying too much attention to the traditions of acting, saying it "cramps creative instinct". To Taylor, the imaginative actress will leave you with a feeling that you can imagine the character's conduct "in any position, aside from the situations involved in the actions of the play". Taylor applauded the imaginative actress who "builds a picture, using all her heart and soul and brain", not for the audience but for herself.
    She never appeared in another film, although David O. Selznick did invite her to film a sound test for a role in his 1938 film The Young in Heart, which Taylor did, but she declined the part and actress Minnie Dupree was cast. (The sound film test exists and has been shown on TV from time to time).
    More Details Hide Details In preparing interviews for what became Broadway: The Golden Age, Rick McKay kept asking each person "Who influenced you the most" and time and time again, Laurette Taylor's name was mentioned.
    In 1938, she headed the cast in a revival of Outward Bound and did not appear again until her re-emergence in Williams' The Glass Menagerie in 1944; her performance received nearly unanimously rapturous reviews and won her the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Actress of the season.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor planned to make her film debut in Peg o' My Heart, but the film version of the hit play was coveted by nearly every screen actress, including Mary Pickford, who made an offer considerably in excess of the highest amount ever paid for the picture rights to a play or a story. The rights to the film were coveted because of the production's established popularity. Almost any actress in the famous role would be assured of a resounding success, however Taylor doggedly clung to the movie rights for her own use, should she ever commit to appearing in a film. It took years for the play to be filmed and released. King Vidor remembered in his autobiography, A Tree Is A Tree: "I soon landed a job at the old Metro studio on Romaine Street – the assignment: to direct Laurette Taylor in Peg O' My Heart. Although I had never seen Miss Taylor, her name carried with it a certain magic to my young ears." The play was considerably expanded for the film version, and the final production was an immediate success with audiences. Taylor went on to make another adaptation of one of her stage successes, Happiness, and then a third and final film for MGM, One Night in Rome.
  • FORTIES
  • 1930
    Age 46
    A widow, Taylor reclaimed by naturalization, on September 11, 1930, her United States citizenship (cert #3234876).
    More Details Hide Details Her petition notes her "not having acquired any other nationality by affirmative act". Taylor began attracting critical acclaim virtually from her first known performance on Broadway in The Great John Ganton in 1908 and building her reputation in such stage productions as The Ringmaster, Alias Jimmy Valentine, Seven Sisters, Lola Lola, The Bird of Paradise, and Peg o' My Heart, which ran on Broadway from December 20, 1912 to May 1914 (a total of 603 performances) cemented her fame and reputation with audiences as a skilled actress. She toured the nation with the play, which reopened on Broadway at the Cort Theater on February 14, 1921, and ran for another 692 performances. She achieved great success starring in such other productions as Out There, One Night in Rome, The Wooing of Eve and the special production, Laurette Taylor in Scenes From Shakespeare. In the latter production, she performed scenes from Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and The Taming of the Shrew. Few of Taylor's performances survive on celluloid.
  • 1928
    Age 44
    The marriage was successful and Taylor remained married to Manners until his death in 1928.
    More Details Hide Details By dint of then-immigration law, Taylor lost her U.S. citizenship by marrying a foreign national.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1922
    Age 38
    The play's success inspired a 1922 film version starring Taylor and directed by King Vidor.
    More Details Hide Details A six-reel print of the film survives in the Motion Picture Division of the Library of Congress.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1912
    Age 28
    On December 22, 1912, she married British-born playwright J.
    More Details Hide Details Hartley Manners, who wrote the play Peg o' My Heart, a successful play and an enduring personal triumph for Taylor, who toured in it extensively throughout the country.
  • 1910
    Age 26
    They had two children, Dwight Oliver Taylor (January 1, 1903 – December 31, 1986) and Marguerite Courtney (August 13, 1904 – February 8, 1995), but divorced circa 1910.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1901
    Age 17
    She married her first husband, Charles A. Taylor (born January 20, 1864, South Hadley, Massachusetts – died March 21, 1942, Glendale, California), on May 1, 1901, aged 18.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1883
    Born
    Taylor was born in New York City on April 1, 1883, of Irish extraction to James and Elizabeth (née Dorsey) Cooney as Loretta Helen Cooney.
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