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William Desmond Taylor

William Desmond Taylor
William Desmond Taylor
Personal information
Birth nameWilliam Cunningham Deane-Tanner
Birth dateApril 26, 1872
Place of birthCarlow, Ireland
Date of deathFebruary 1, 1922(age 49)
Death placeLos Angeles, California
Other namesWilliam D. Taylor
William Taylor
Years active1913-1922
SpouseEthel May Hamilton (1901-1912)

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William Desmond Taylor (April 26, 1872 February 1, 1922) was an Irish-born American actor, successful film director of silent movies and a popular figure in the growing Hollywood film colony of the 1910s and early 1920s. His murder on February 1, 1922, along with other Hollywood scandals such as the Roscoe Arbuckle trial, led to a frenzy of sensationalistic and often fabricated newspaper reports. In the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, the name Norma Desmond is a reference to both Taylor's middle name and one of his actress friends, Mabel Normand. Taylor's murder remains officially unsolved.

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