|Born||Ida Estelle Taylor
May 20, 1894
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
|Died||April 15, 1958 (aged 63)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Kenneth Malcolm Peacock
Jack Dempsey (1925–1933)
Born Ida Estelle Taylor to a Jewish family in Wilmington, Delaware, the daughter of Harry D Taylor and Ida LaBertha (Barrett) Taylor, Estelle married three times. Her first husband was banker Kenneth Malcolm Peacock, her second husband was "Jack" Dempsey, the world heavyweight boxing champion, and her third husband was a theatrical producer, Paul Smith. She had no children.
After relocating to Hollywood, she began taking bit parts in films. One of Taylor's earliest successes was in 1920 in Fox's While New York Sleeps with Marc McDermott. She and McDermott play three sets of characters in different time periods. This film was lost for decades, but has been recently discovered and screened at a film festival in Los Angeles. Taylor is possibly best recalled for her roles in the 1922 drama Monte Cristo, opposite John Gilbert; the enormously successful 1923 Cecil B. DeMille directed The Ten Commandments as Miriam, the sister of Moses; as Lucrezia Borgia in the 1926 Warner Bros.' first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone sound effects and musical soundtrack Don Juan, with John Barrymore, Mary Astor and Warner Oland; 1927's New York, featuring Ricardo Cortez and Lois Wilson; 1931's Street Scene with Sylvia Sidney; the Academy Award-winning Cimarron; and the Clara Bow talkie Call Her Savage in 1932.
Taylor married heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey in 1925. She was supposed to have co-starred in a movie with Rudolph Valentino, which would have brought her more widespread fame, but he died just before production was to begin. In 1928, she and husband Dempsey starred in a Broadway play titled The Big Fight, loosely based around Dempsey's boxing popularity, which ran for 31 performances at the Majestic Theatre.
Taylor's last film appearance was in the 1945 Jean Renoir directed drama The Southerner. In her later years, Taylor devoted her free time to her pets and was the president and founder of the California Pet Owners' Protective League. In 1953, Taylor served on the City Animal Regulation Commission in Los Angeles, California.
She died in 1958, after a battle with cancer. She was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Estelle Taylor was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1620 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. In a 1983 American made-for-television movie biopic of Jack Dempsey, Estelle Taylor was portrayed by British actress Victoria Tennant.
- While New York Sleeps (1920)
- Blind Wives (1920)
- Monte Cristo (1922)
- The Ten Commandments (1923)
- Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall(1924)
- The Alaskan (1924)
- Don Juan (1926)
- Where East Is East (1929)
- Cimarron (1931)
- Street Scene (1931)
- The Unholy Garden (1931)
- The Southerner (1945)
- Estelle Taylor in The silent Collection by Tammy Stone
- Estelle Taylor biodata
- "Dempsey's Matrimonial Plans Continue Hazy". The Palm Beach Post. January 10, 1925.
- "Jack Dempsey Married (newsreel)". British Pathé. February 25, 1925. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
- The Big Fight a Broadway play produced at the Majestic Theatre, September 18, 1928 - October 1928; IBDb.com
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- Estelle Taylor at the Internet Movie Database
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- Estelle Taylor at the New York Times Movies
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- Estelle Taylor at Virtual History
- A 1922 portrait of Estelle Taylor which looks to be on a movie set and 1936 portrait