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Name Taylor, Robert, 1911-1969
Othernames Brugh, Spangler Arlington
Born 08/05/1911
Birthplace Filley, Nebraska
Places of residence Nebraska (Hall), Grand Island
Nebraska, Lincoln
Nebraska, Beatrice
Father Brugh, Spangler Andrew
Mother Stanhope, Ruth Adela
Education Beatrice High School
Doane College
Pomona College
Notes Movie star Robert Taylor was born Spangler Arlington Brugh on August 6, 1911. Known as Arlington or Arly during his youth, he graduated from Beatrice High School (Beatrice, Neb.) and then attended Doane College (Crete, Neb.) for two years. While attending Doane, he appeared in many college plays and along with fellow students Russ Gibson and Gerhart Wiebe formed "The Harmony Boys," a musical trio in which Taylor played the cello and sang.

Transferring to Pomona College in California in 1931, Taylor graduated from there in 1933, majoring in psychology and drama. While appearing in a play at Pomona, Taylor was discovered by a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer casting director. He was signed to a seven-year contract at $35.00 per week. He made his screen debut in 1934 in Handy Andy, a Will Rogers film. The following year he was featured in Magnificent Obsession, the role that made him a star. In 1937 Greta Garbo chose Taylor as her leading man in Camille. During his thirty-four year film career, Taylor made seventy-four films, appearing with such leading ladies as Joan Crawford, Maureen O'Sullivan, Katherine Hepburn, and Vivien Leigh. He died in 1969 after a long battle with cancer.
Occupation Actor
Publications E A Kral, "Robert Taylor of Beatrice: The Nebraska Roots of a Hollywood Star," Nebraska History 75 (1994): 280-290
Role Performer
Spouse Stanwyck, Barbara, Schmidt Thiess, Ursula
Children Taylor, Terence
Taylor, Tessa
Deceased 06/08/1969
Deceased where Santa Monica, California

Associated Records

Image of RG5747.AM - RG5747 Abbott, Donald Hickson, 1912-1936

RG5747.AM - RG5747 Abbott, Donald Hickson, 1912-1936

The collection consists of a scrapbook, several folders of misc. loose items removed from the scrapbook, and a 1928 Lincoln High School yearbook. The materials document Donald Abbott's early education and musical career, mostly dating from 1925-1930. The scrapbook and folders of loose items contain various event programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, etc. One item of particular note is a photograph of Donald Abbott ca. 1925 with two other students from the Beatrice school band. One of the other students in the photo is Spangler Arlington Brugh, who would become known as the film star Robert Taylor. The photo is located on page 14 of the scrapbook. In the folder of l

Image of 11099-4 - Photo, Robert Taylor & Janet Gaynor; "Small Town Girl" Movie Promotional

11099-4 - Photo, Robert Taylor & Janet Gaynor; "Small Town Girl" Movie Promotional

Lobby card for the Robert Taylor movie "Small Town Girl"

Image of 11055-2939 - Poster, Veteran's Homecoming, Lisco, Nebraska, Robert Taylor Appearing

11055-2939 - Poster, Veteran's Homecoming, Lisco, Nebraska, Robert Taylor Appearing

The poster is a yellowish type of cardboard. The tittle reads "Veterans Homecoming a Free Celebration". Bellow the tittle is a picture of a purebred bull, "$1000 Purebred Hereford Bull to Lucky Winner", along with a picture its certificate. Below that is "These Celebrities In Person" along with pictures of Robert Taylor, Wallace Beery, and O.O Dull. At the bottom of the poster is a schedule of events "Fun For Everyone".

Image of 11055-563 - Sheet Music, Ive Got a Feelin Your Foolin; From "Broadway Melody" a Robert Taylor Movie

11055-563 - Sheet Music, Ive Got a Feelin Your Foolin; From "Broadway Melody" a Robert Taylor Movie

Sheet music "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin''" from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "Broadway Melody of 1936." Lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown. Published by Robbins Music Corporation. At center of orange cover is a "Broadway Melody" title featuring Jack Benny's head. Lining the lower cover are full body photos of the show's various stars, including Robert Taylor, Una Merkel, and Buddy Ebsen.

Image of 11099-2 - Photo, Robert Taylor & Janet Gaynor; "Small Town Girl" Movie Promotional

11099-2 - Photo, Robert Taylor & Janet Gaynor; "Small Town Girl" Movie Promotional

Lobby card for the Robert Taylor movie "Small Town Girl"

Image of 11099-3 - Photo, Robert Taylor & Janet Gaynor; "Small Town Girl" Movie Promotional

11099-3 - Photo, Robert Taylor & Janet Gaynor; "Small Town Girl" Movie Promotional

Lobby card for the Robert Taylor movie, "Small Town Girl"

Image of 11349-1 - Sheet Music, Kathryn, Color Xerox; Harmony Boys, Robert Taylor

11349-1 - Sheet Music, Kathryn, Color Xerox; Harmony Boys, Robert Taylor

Color copy of the song "Karthryn" by Dorothy Joan Brandon. Published in 1930 by J-A-Z-Z of Chicago. This song was featured by the Harmony Boys.

Image of 13337-1 - Package, Product; Filler Paper, Image and Bio of Robert Taylor

13337-1 - Package, Product; Filler Paper, Image and Bio of Robert Taylor

Paper band from a package of notebook filler paper. Predominantly gray with white stars and a color tinted image of actor Robert Taylor on the front. An orange banner across the upper portion reads "Movie Star" in white block lettering. Smaller banner at the bottom reads "Note Book Filler Paper." On the reverse is a brief biography of Taylor. A small section of text reads "This is one of a Series of Eight Movie Star Designs. Get the others."

RG1755.PH - Collection, Photograph

Nebraskans in Film was a project funded by the Nebraska Committee for the Humanities to research Nebraska's contribution to American film history. Much of the collection consists of oral history interviews of stars, and their relatives, friends, and mentors. This collection consists of photographs made in conjunction with the production of the television program, _Nebraskans in Film_. Included are photographs of Harry Langdon, ca. 1920, and later photographs of his wife, Mabel, and son, Harry Jr.; a childhood photograph of Marlon Brando; three photographs of Dorothy McGuire, 1981; and a photograph of Peter Fonda, 1981. This collection is for research and reference only and cannot be use