Laurette Taylor (April 1, 1883 – December 7, 1946), born as Loretta Helen Cooney, was an American stage and silent film star. She is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, American stage actresses of the 20th century, and her work would influence an entire generation of actors.
Laurette Taylor was born in New York City on April 1, 1883, of Irish extraction to James and Elizabeth (née Dorsey) Cooney as Loretta Helen Cooney.
She married her first husband, Charles A. Taylor (born January 20, 1864, South Hadley, Massachusetts – died March 21, 1942, Glendale, California), on May 1, 1901, aged 18. They had two children, Dwight (died 1986) and Marguerite (died 1995), but divorced around 1910. In 1912, she married British-born playwright J. Hartley Manners, who wrote the play Peg o' My Heart, a major and enduring personal triumph for Taylor, who toured in it extensively throughout the country. The play's success inspired a 1922 film version starring Taylor and directed by King Vidor. A six-reel print of the film survives in the Motion Picture Division of the Library of Congress. The marriage was successful and Taylor remained married to Manners until his death in 1928...
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