Francis Lenn Taylor

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Francis Lenn Taylor
Born(1897-12-28)December 28, 1897
DiedNovember 20, 1968(1968-11-20) (aged 70)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, California, U.S.
OccupationArt dealer
Known forElizabeth Taylor's father
Spouse(s)Sara Sothern
(m. 1926–1968, his death)
ChildrenHoward Taylor (b. 1929)
Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011)

Francis Lenn Taylor (December 28, 1897 – November 20, 1968) was an American art dealer and father of actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Elizabeth Mary (née Rosemond; 1869–1937) and Francis Marion Taylor (1860–1946). The family later moved to Arkansas City, Kansas.

Francis began dealing in art in New York City for a wealthy uncle by marriage, Stephen Howard Young (22 May 1878 - 24 June 1972),[1][2] later, a friend of Dwight Eisenhower after WWII.[3]

Taylor married stage actress Sara Sothern (whose real name was Sara Viola Warmbrodt and who was also from Arkansas City) in 1926 in New York.[1]

They were the parents of Howard Taylor (born 1929) and of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011).

Within a few years of his marriage, Taylor was transferred to Young's art gallery in London, England, where he and Sara lived for several years, and where their children were born. In April 1939, five months before the outbreak of World War II in Europe, they returned to the United States.

Taylor later ran an art gallery at The Beverly Hills Hotel in California.[4]

He died at age 70 in Los Angeles, California. He is interred beside his widow in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood, Los Angeles.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Howard Young (1878-1972), a biography". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "S. Howard Young, Art Dealer, Friend of Eisenhower, Is Dead". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
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  4. ^ "Luxury Hotel Services - The Beverly Hills Hotel - Dorchester Collection". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  5. ^ Francis Lenn Taylor at Find a Grave