William Desmond Taylor
Actor, director
William Desmond Taylor
William Desmond Taylor was an Irish-born American director and actor. He directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. He was a popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s. Taylor's murder on 1 February 1922, along with other Hollywood scandals, such as the Roscoe Arbuckle trial, led to a frenzy of sensationalistic and often fabricated newspaper reports.
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CULLMAN--Edgar M.,of the Restigouche, Upsalquitch and Kedgwick Rivers, New Brunswick, Canada. All of us who knew you on these waters mourn the parting of the backing from your reel. Yours was a particularly honed reel. Being with you "in camp" was always a delight for the twinkle of your eye as you tightened the drag stimulating your chosen topic
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Strauss-Kahn Returns to France: Will He be Able to Survive in Politics? - International Business Times
Google News - over 5 years
However, his appellant — William Taylor makes it clear that their only desire at this time is, “to clear his name,” he said adding, “Kahn is an honorable man.” "A personal nightmare," as DSK calls this incident in his letter to the IMF staff,
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FBI / IFPI Teach How To Bust Private Torrent Sites - TorrentFreak
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The US Government is determined to do all it can to reduce online piracy, and a cable written by US Ambassador William Taylor from Ukraine shows that this effort is not limited to the homeland. The cable, dated 17 December 2008, was published by
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FFA target Lidl on milk - The Scottish Farmer
Google News - over 5 years
William Taylor, NI FFA co-ordinator said: “Dairy farmers across Northern Ireland were outraged wondering why they work seven days a week to see their product sold at half the price of water in the same supermarket. “To add insult to injury it would
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Ipswich buoyed by Bullard return after Posh hammering - Daily Mail
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Next up is Ipswich Town fan William Taylor, 20, who suggests the club's 7-1 defeat to rivals Peterborough has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. And, don't forget, you can send in your articles by clicking here and following the guidelines
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Suit filed over pit bull attack on neighbor, dachshund - Southeast Texas Record
Google News - over 5 years
GALVESTON - Janice and William Taylor are suing Dennis and Mary Horn over a dog attack which occurred approximately six months ago. In a lawsuit filed Aug. 24 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2, the Taylors claim the Horns' 80-pound pit bull mix
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STATE v. TAYLOR - Leagle.com
Google News - over 5 years
William Taylor argues the plea-taking court had a duty to engage him in an "on the record colloquy" to ensure his waiver of counsel was knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. He also contends he was not adequately warned of the dangers of proceeding
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Maid just wants 'money': Strauss-Kahn lawyers - Straits Times
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Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn (right) and his lawyers Benjamin Brafman (center) and William Taylor (left) during a hearing in New York State Supreme Court July 1, 2011 in New York. -- PHOTO: AFP NEW YORK (AFP) - THE New York maid who filed a
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The Dominique Strauss Kahn circus rolls into town - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
"We understand the district attorney is continuing to investigate," Mr Strauss-Kahn's lawyers William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman said in a statement. "We are confident that when the investigation is completed, Mr Vance will move to dismiss all charges
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Summer Feeding Program celebrates end of the season - State Gazette
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According to TSU Extension Agent William Taylor, between 875 and 900 Dyer and Lake county children were fed throughout the summer program thanks to a $5000 grant from YMCA of the USA and Walmart's Summer Giving Campaign. The grants also allowed Summer
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Man accused of stab murder remanded in custody until next month - St Helens Star
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Another man, William Taylor, 25, who was with friends at Miss Dyer's flat is recovering in Whiston Hospital after also being stabbed. Lyon is accused of attempted to murder Mr Taylor. Lyon is yet to enter a plea to either charge and after the case went
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn court hearing delayed by three weeks - Telegraph.co.uk
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“We understand the district attorney is continuing to investigate,” the attorneys, William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman said in a statement. “We are confident that when the investigation is completed, Mr Vance will move to dismiss all charges against ... - -
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News Corp., Netflix, And The Value Of Values - Fast Company
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This blog is written by a member of our expert blogging community and expresses that expert's views alone. Imagine a conservative British Prime Minister denouncing a powerful British mogul as "the unpleasant
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Taylor's family farm in Sciota for over a century - Cannon Falls Beacon
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When Dean Taylor talks about his great-grandfather, Edwin Taylor; his grandfather, William Taylor; and his father, Walter "Pete" Taylor, it's almost with a note of reverence. Dean has great respect for the men (and the wives and family
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How Do You Know A Great Person When You See One? - Fast Company
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This blog is written by a member of our expert blogging community and expresses that expert's views alone. In the still-raging debate over my two posts about why "Great People Are Overrated," the one
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Golden Gate Bridge Stroll Fetes Birthday - Gazette Newspapers
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William Taylor isn't sure how high the Golden Gate Bridge hangs suspended over the San Francisco Bay, but he knows “it's real, real high” because the 93-year-old man has been looking down at the water on his birthday since he turned 85
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Desmond Taylor
    FORTIES
  • 1922
    Age 49
    After some investigation, the time of Taylor's death was set at 7:50 p.m. on the evening of 1 February 1922.
    More Details Hide Details While being interviewed by the police five days after the director's body was found, Mary Miles Minter said that following the murder a friend, director and actor Marshall Neilan, told her Taylor had made several highly "delusional" statements about some of his social acquaintances (including her) during the weeks before his death. She also said Neilan thought Taylor had recently become "insane". In the midst of a media circus caused by the case, Los Angeles Undersheriff Eugene Biscailuz warned Chicago Tribune reporter Eddie Doherty, "The industry has been hurt. Stars have been ruined. Stockholders have lost millions of dollars. A lot of people are out of jobs and incensed enough to take a shot at you." According to Robert Giroux, "The studios seemed to be fearful that if certain aspects of the case were exposed, it would exacerbate their problems." King Vidor said of the case in 1968: "Last year I interviewed a Los Angeles police detective, now retired, who had been assigned to the case immediately after the murder. He told me, 'We were doing all right and then, before a week was out, we got the word to lay off.'"
    Died 1 February 1922."
    More Details Hide Details In Taylor's pockets, investigators found a wallet holding $78 in cash, a silver cigarette case, a Waltham pocket watch, a pen knife, and a locket bearing a photograph of actress Mabel Normand. A two-carat diamond ring was on his finger. With the evidence of the money and valuables on Taylor's body, it seemed apparent that a robbery was not the motive for the killing; however, a large but undetermined sum of cash that Taylor had shown to his accountant the day before was missing and apparently never accounted for.
    Taylor's funeral took place on February 7, 1922, in St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral.
    More Details Hide Details After an Episcopal ceremony, Taylor was interred in a mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery ("Hollywood Cemetery") on Santa Monica Boulevard, in Hollywood. The inscription on his crypt reads, "In Memory of William C. Deane-Tanner, Beloved Father of Ethel Deane-Tanner.
    At 7:30 am on the morning of 2 February 1922, Taylor's body was found inside his bungalow at the Alvarado Court Apartments, 404-B South Alvarado Street, in Westlake, Los Angeles, a trendy and affluent neighbourhood.
    More Details Hide Details A crowd gathered inside, and someone identifying himself as a doctor stepped forward, made a cursory examination of the body, and declared Taylor had died of a stomach haemorrhage. The doctor was never seen again, perhaps owing to his own embarrassment, because when doubts later arose, the body was rolled over by forensic investigators revealing the 49-year-old film director had been shot at least once in the back with what appeared to have been a small-caliber pistol, which was not found at the scene.
  • 1921
    Age 48
    In 1921, Taylor visited his ex-wife and daughter in New York City and made Ethel Daisy his legal heir.
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  • 1919
    Age 46
    After returning from military service, Taylor also went on to direct some of the most popular stars of the era including Mary Pickford, Wallace Reid, Dustin Farnum and his protégée, Mary Miles Minter, who starred in the 1919 version of Anne of Green Gables.
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    Upon returning to Los Angeles on 14 May 1919, Taylor was honoured by the Motion Picture Directors Association with a formal banquet at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
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    At the end of April 1919, Taylor reached his final billet at Berguet, France, as Major Taylor, Company D, Royal Fusiliers.
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    Taylor was ultimately assigned to the Royal Army Service Corps of the Expeditionary Forces Canteen Service, stationed at Dunkirk, and promoted to the temporary grade of lieutenant on 15 January 1919.
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  • 1918
    Age 45
    In July 1918, towards the end of World War I, Taylor enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a private, at the age of 46.
    More Details Hide Details After training for four and a half months at Fort Edward, Nova Scotia, Taylor sailed from Halifax on a troop transport carrying 500 Canadian soldiers. They arrived at Hounslow Barracks, London on 2 December 1918.
  • 1917
    Age 44
    Margaret Gibson was a film actress who worked with Taylor when he first came to Hollywood. In 1917, she was indicted, tried, and acquitted on charges equivalent to prostitution (there were also allegations of opium dealing), and she changed her professional name to Patricia Palmer.
    More Details Hide Details In 1923, Gibson was arrested and jailed on extortion charges which were later dropped. Gibson was 27 years old and in Los Angeles at the time of the murder. No record of her name was ever mentioned in connection with the investigation. Soon after the murder, she got work in a number of films produced by Famous Players-Lasky, Taylor's studio at the time of his death. One of these films was among the last made by Mary Miles Minter. Gibson (in her words) "fled" the United States to the Far East in 1934, where she married Elbert Lewis, who worked for Socony (later Mobil Oil). However, she returned to Los Angeles in 1940, for medical reasons. Her husband died in a March 1942 Japanese attack on the Socony oil refinery at Penang, Straits Settlements (now Malaysia) during World War II. Lewis left Gibson a small pension, which she lived on until her death in 1964. In 1999, the widely cited newsletter Taylorology published an account that on 21 October 1964, while living in the Hollywood Hills under the name Pat Lewis, Gibson suffered a heart attack. As a recently converted Roman Catholic, she confessed, before dying, that she "shot and killed William Desmond Taylor", along with several other things the witness didn't understand and could not remember more than 30 years later. The witness to her confession later repeated his recollection in a televised documentary.
  • 1914
    Age 41
    Between 1914 and 1919, Taylor was engaged to actress Neva Gerber, whom he had met during the filming of The Awakening.
    More Details Hide Details Gerber later recalled, "He was the soul of honour, a man of personal culture, education, and refinement. I have never known a finer or better man." By this time, Taylor's ex-wife and daughter were aware that he was working in Hollywood. In 1918, while watching the film Captain Alvarez, they saw Taylor appear on the screen. Ethel responded, "That's your father!" In response, Ethel Daisy wrote Taylor in care of the studio.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1912
    Age 39
    Denis had abandoned Ada and their two surviving children in New York in 1912, shortly after which Ada and her daughters moved to Monrovia, California, where Ada could be treated at the Pottinger Sanitorium for tuberculosis.
    More Details Hide Details Ada's sister Lillian Pomeroy was married to the sanitorium's physician in charge, Dr. John L. Pomeroy. Taylor decided to send Ada a monthly check in the amount of $50.00 to help her support her children, after her husband's abandonment. This would become public after Taylor's murder, and the press descended upon the little town of Monrovia.
    By the time he arrived in San Francisco, William Deane-Tanner had changed his name to William Desmond Taylor; by December 1912, he was in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details He worked successfully as an actor—whose career included four appearances opposite Margaret "Gibby" Gibson—before making his first film as a director, The Awakening (1914). Over the next few years, he directed more than 50 films. At some point around 1915, contact was made between Taylor and his former sister-in-law, Ada Brennan Deane-Tanner, wife of Taylor's younger brother Denis.
    Taylor's brother, Denis, a former lieutenant in the British Army and a manager of a New York antiques business, would also disappear four years later, in 1912, abandoning his wife and two children.
    More Details Hide Details After Taylor left his family and New York, he traveled through Canada and the northwestern United States gold mining and working with various acting troupes. Eventually, he switched from acting to producing.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1901
    Age 28
    The Episcopalian ceremony took place on 7 December 1901, at the Little Church Around the Corner; they divorced in 1912.
    More Details Hide Details Although Mrs Deane-Tanner had appeared as a member of the Florodora sextet as Ethel May Harrison, she was the daughter of a wealthy Wall Street broker who provided Deane-Tanner with funding to set up the English Antiques Shop, through which he could support a family. The Deane-Tanners were well known in New York society and members of several clubs, until Deane-Tanner abruptly vanished on 23 October 1908, at the age of 36, deserting his wife and their daughter Ethel Daisy. After Taylor's disappearance, friends said he had suffered "mental lapses" before, and his family thought at first he had wandered off during an episode of amnesia.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1890
    Age 17
    In 1890, Taylor left Ireland for a dude ranch in Kansas.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, it was a short-lived trend among some of the Anglo-Irish and English gentry to send their sons to the United States to become "gentleman farmers". In Kansas, William became reacquainted with acting (his first experiences being at school) and eventually moved to New York. While in New York, he worked in The Antique Shoppe and eventually married Ethel May Hamilton.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1872
    Born
    Born on April 26, 1872.
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