Francis Lenn Taylor

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Francis Lenn Taylor
Born (1897-12-28)December 28, 1897
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
Died November 20, 1968(1968-11-20) (aged 70)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Art dealer
Known for father of Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Spouse(s) Sara Sothern
(m. 1926–1968, his death)
Children Howard Taylor (b. 1929)
Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011)
Parent(s) Francis Marion Taylor
Elizabeth Mary Rosemond (1869–1937)

Francis Lenn Taylor (December 28, 1897 – November 20, 1968) was an American art dealer and father of the 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 in-law, Howard Young.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

They were the parents of Howard Taylor (born 1929) and of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011), the world-famous stage and screen actress.

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 in Beverly Hills, California.[citation needed]

He died at age 70 in Los Angeles, California. He is interred beside his widow in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood, Los Angeles.[1]