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The Family Legacy of Robert Taylor, Film Legend . . . & Father
By Linda Alexander
Last edited: Monday, May 26, 2008
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

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Published 1994, Volume 3, POSITIVE NEWS

This is dedicated to American fathers, the ideals they hand down to their kids, and children who have ever lost a dad.

Tessa was nine in 1969 when her father, film legend Robert Taylor, died after battling lung cancer. Her brother, Terry, was fourteen. A man known during Hollywood's heyday as, "The Man With The Perfect Face" was to Tessa and Terry, simply, "Daddy."

"Erasers." Tessa Taylor related her first memories. "In his study at our ranch he wrote letters on this big green manual typewriter--the pounding kind heard a mile away. Each afternoon he typed and used those round erasers with wheel and brush. I sat on his lap and he typed around me."

Even now, all these years after her dad's death, Tessa draws comfort from memories. "If I'm in the kitchen with the TV on in the other room, and I hear his voice, I automatically think, 'Hi, Daddy!' It's comforting. He's always with me." Tessa still deeply feels his impression on her life, and a teary catch in her voice indicates how she often thinks what it would've been like had he lived. As an actress, she's learned to utilize memories to add deeper meaning to her abruptly-aborted relationship with her dad.

"We had an afternoon ritual," Tessa continued. "He had a pouch in his desk, given him when he went in the service. Inside, there was a religious medallion, a four-leaf clover, a capsule with Jesus in it, a 1942 penny, and more. I'd open it and pour everything out. He patiently explained each piece."

Robert Taylor, as father and teacher, is a vast difference in image from that of a pretty face, or a fair actor who'd not have lasted without his physical beauty. Another public recollection of Taylor was that of him as Barbara Stanwyck's ex-husband, a part of his life long before the birth of Tessa and her brother.

Taylor's divorce from Stanwyck came after painful soul-searching. He tried to understand their rocky thirteen-year marriage but, ultimately, was unable to sustain the relationship. His confusion led to meaningless affairs designed, it seems, to numb the dissatisfaction and pain over his marriage.

Taylor filmed QUO VADIS in Italy in 1951. Stanwyck flew there to challenge him over an indiscretion. As a scare tactic, she demanded divorce, which she didn't really want. He shocked her, and himself, and agreed. This may've begun the first true emotional happiness Taylor ever knew, after which he met Ursula Theiss, an actress and model. They married, and Terry and Tessa were born in the 1950s.

Chad Everett, a friend, described Bob and Ursula as "hand-holders." He said of Taylor's long-lasting appeal, "There was never a point in Bob's career when he wasn't a star. He was always a legend." He considered Taylor an excellent actor typecast as a "pretty boy" -- a term Taylor hated.

When asked about her father's good looks, Tessa, carrying on the famous profile, laughed again. "They say he was the perfect face. I remember his face with lines in it. I saw," another laugh, "goofy Daddy!" Terry, her brother, looks strikingly like his dad.

Tessa went on. "One night he tickled me on his study floor. I laughed so hard I couldn't stop. Mother said, 'You'll give her a stomach ache!' He did." Tessa remembered the physical "pain" with delight, re-experiencing the joy of having her father's undivided attention.

Robert Taylor, "The Man With The Perfect Face," was known to millioins of filmgoers as a heartthrob, and film legend. To only two people very special to him was he known as, simply yet intimately, "Daddy."  

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Reviewed by Melanie Barto (Reader)
I really hope this message reaches Tessa and Terry because the wonderful people of Lisco, Nebraska would like to invite them to the 100th Centennial Celebration of Lisco next September 14, 2009 -- the Sunday after Labor Day. There is a special reason why folks would love to have you and your families join them for this grand occasion -- because your father, Robert Taylor was a visitor of Lisco Day. There are photos of Robert Taylor in the town of Lisco's American Legion Hall showing Robert Taylor's visits. He was loved by everyone in the Lisco community, and many of the original families children and grandchildren still live there. Lisco, Nebraska is located on Hiway 27 between Scottsbluff and Ogalala in Garden County. Since Lisco will be 100 years old next year, it would be lovely if we could possibly reach Tessa and Terry to visit Lisco Day in honor of their father, Robert Taylor. To this day people in the Lisco area remember Robert Taylor visiting their town. People who were just little children at the time when Robert Taylor visited Lisco now have children grandchildren and great-grandchildren on their own. Come one...come all -- to Lisco Day next year. You are going to meet the greatest people in the world. The article I just read here about Robert Taylor has reminded me of all the times I have been visiting in Lisco myself, and hear the beloved stories of Robert Taylor and the peoples' memories of him. I think Tessa and Terry would be pleased to know these great residents of Lisco still hold Robert Taylor dear. I can be reached at for more information.
Reviewed by Connie Jackson (Reader)
My mother was delivered by Dr. Brugh. My great uncle was his best friend in childhood. Robert Taylor always stayed in touch with my uncle, my grandmother and my great aunt until the day he died. My great aunt had boxes of his signed pictures and his letters in her guest room. My great aunt named her son Arlington after "Robert Taylor". My family always called him Arlie. He was beloved by everyone who knew him in Beatrice, Nebraska. His father Dr. Brugh was also a wonderful man. I hope Tessa and Terry see my note. Your father was great dad to you and a wonderful friend to my family.

Connie Jackosn
Reviewed by DIANE BELL (Reader)
I just came across this lovely tribute to Robert Taylor by his daughter Tessa. I am an avid collector of his movies and was so glad
to see that he was once and always, not only a gentleman but a great
dad. Hope that you see this Tessa! Diane Bell.
Reviewed by Susan Grassino (Reader)
How touching! Iím about Tessaís age and adored her Dad through so many of his movies Iíve been enjoying for the past 10 years. He was a fine performer with superb good looks and a wonderful voice. But Tessaís recollections made me realize he was, above all, a *father* in the truest sense of the word. Iíd be so glad if Tessa happened to read this and could share more of such fond memories with us.
Reviewed by Gabriela
What a treasure of tender memories! For sure, he left too early, but this kind of sweet memory endures. He was not only the most handsome man in film history, he had a beautiful soul, too. To Teresa, if she ever reads this, all the best, peace and happiness.
Reviewed by lynn
wonderful story of a great actor..GORGEOUS man..sounds like he was not only a great actor but a wonderful dad...
Reviewed by Raymond Polly
Made me seem him as a fine human. My Aunt was so in love with him when I was a child. Napier is a common name in Eastern Ky.
Reviewed by David
Robert Taylor was a great actor and a great American, so glad to hear he was a great Father as well. My Father knew him and acted with him in one of the military training films he ( Mr. Taylor) produced. If anyone knows weather any of these still exist I would love to hear from you.
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Reviewed by charles paulin
robert taylor ,was a superb film actor .
wha could be convincing in historical,westerns.modern ,subjects .
with fine speaking voice ,he made it look easy ,he was superb as the unsympathetic 'charles gilson' in The last hunt' we still remember him .to his family if they see this best wishes
Reviewed by trina
I am such a hugh fan of Mr. Taylor that it was wonderful to read the words of his daughter. I am so glad that he had those years with his children.
Reviewed by Margaret
What a wonderful article about my favorite movie star. He was a class act I am glad that his movies are still be showing. He and Ursula did have two wonderful children sorry he left them to early.
Reviewed by Theresa
What a beautiful looking man. Tall, dark and handsome. Extraordinary. He could also act very well and it was a real pleasure to watch him. Loved Waterlo Bridge. He and the gorgeous Vivian were indeed a thrill to watch. It wasn't just the great looks that attracted me but his fine performances. He was a man of class. Thank you. Theresa
Reviewed by alvaro
I loved Robert Taylor, the films legend, and I still do; everything anybody can tell me about him is wonderful to me. I am a Chilean and in 1954 he was called there as: Robert Taylor, the New King of Hollywood.

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