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February 2, 2023

Vintage Portraits of Ruth Taylor in the 1920s and 1930s

Born 1905 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, American actress in silent films and early talkies Ruth Taylor was discovered by Mack Sennett in 1925 when he was looking for a blonde to play in a Harry Langdon comedy. She was chosen from around two hundred girls who responded to Sennett’s call. She was also selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1928.

In 1927, Taylor’s two-year contract with Mack Sennett expired. She was cast as Lorelei Lee in the original version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928). During the search for Lorelei Lee, fans sent 14,000 letters to Paramount Pictures. Each suggested a choice of an actress for the role. In return, every fan was mailed a photo of Ruth Taylor when she was selected for the part. It was the largest shipment of pictures of one person ever sent out from Hollywood. Anita Loos was determined that Taylor play the role of her literary character. Just Married (1928) was the first offering in what was billed as a new comedy team featuring Taylor and James Hall. Produced by B.P. Schulberg, the movie was directed by Frank R. Strayer.

Taylor’s final screen credits are roles in A Hint to Brides (1929), The College Coquette (1929), This Thing Called Love (1929), and Scrappily Married (1930). She died in Palm Springs, California in 1984, aged 79.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of a young Ruth Taylor in the 1920s and 1930s.


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