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May 27, 2021

Estelle Taylor: One of the Most Beautiful Silent Film Stars of the 1920s

Born 1894 in Wilmington, Delaware, American actress, singer, and model Estelle Taylor began appearing in small roles in World and Vitagraph films after her stage debut in 1919.

Taylor achieved her first notable success with While New York Sleeps (1920), in which she played three different roles, including a “vamp.” She was a contract player of Fox Film Corporation and, later, Paramount Pictures, but for the majority of her career she freelanced.

Taylor became famous and was commended by critics for her portrayals of historical women in important films: Miriam in The Ten Commandments (1923), Mary, Queen of Scots in Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (1924), and Lucrezia Borgia in Don Juan (1926).

Although she made a successful transition to sound films, Taylor retired from film acting in 1932 and decided to focus entirely on her singing career. She was also active in animal welfare before her death from cancer in 1958. She was posthumously honored in 1960 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the motion pictures category.

Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of a young Estelle Taylor in the 1920s and 1930s.


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