(May 20, 1894—April 15, 1958) was an American Hollywood actress
whose career was most prominent during the silent film
era of the 1920s.
Born Ida Estelle Taylor
in Wilmington, Delaware
, the daughter of Harry D Taylor and Ida LaBertha (Barrett) Taylor, Estelle married three times during her lifetime. Her first husband was banker Kenneth Malcom Peacock
, her second was William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey
the world heavyweight boxing champion), and her third, theatrical producer Paul Smith
. There were no children with any of the husbands.
After relocating to Hollywood, she began taking bit parts in films.
One of Taylor's earliest successes was in 1920
in Fox's While New York Sleeps
with Marc McDermott
. She and McDermott play three sets of characters in different time periods. This film was lost for decades but has been recently discovered and screened at a film festival in Los Angeles. Taylor is possibly best recalled for her roles in the 1922 drama Monte Cristo
opposite John Gilbert
, the enormously successful 1923 Cecil B. DeMille
directed The Ten Commandments
as Miriam, the sister of Moses; as Lucrezia Borgia in the 1926 Warner Bros.
' first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone
sound effects and musical soundtrack Don Juan
opposite John Barrymore
, Mary Astor
and Warner Oland
, 1927's New York
, opposite Ricardo Cortez
and Lois Wilson
, 1931's Street Scene
with Sylvia Sidney
and both the Academy Award
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