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      William Desmond Taylor

      William Desmond Taylor

      Highest Rated: 100% Anne of Green Gables (1919)

      Lowest Rated: 38% Sacred and Profane Love (1921)

      Birthday: Apr 26, 1872

      Birthplace: Carlow, Ireland

      Though a competent actor who starred in "Captain Alvarez" (1914) before turning to direct over 80 silent films, William Desmond Taylor was remembered for his unsolved murder in 1922 that triggered sensationalized newspaper reporting at a time when early Hollywood was rocked by numerous scandals. Prior to being shot in the back by an unknown assailant, Taylor rose to prominence as the director of several Mary Pickford vehicles, including "How Could You, Jean?" (1918), while also guiding the career of a young actress named Mary Miles Minter, who later became uneasily tangled in his murder; Taylor had previously directed Minter in the silent adaptation of "Anne of Green Gables" (1919). Other notable films for the director were the adaptation of Mark Twain's most popular works, "Tom Sawyer" (1917) and "Huckleberry Finn" (1920), and what turned out to be his final picture, "The Green Temptation" (1922). Most, if not all, of Taylor's films were considered lost, while his legacy - despite his prolific output - lay solely in the scandal-plagued Hollywood of the 1920s.

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      38% No Score Yet Sacred and Profane Love Director - 1921
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond Director - 1921
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Director - 1920
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nurse Marjorie Director - 1920
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soul of Youth Director - 1920
      100% No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables Director - 1919
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Up the Road With Sallie Director - 1918
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johanna Enlists Director - 1918
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Director - 1917
      No Score Yet No Score Yet He Fell in Love With His Wife Director - 1916
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Blair Director - 1916
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Granddad The Southern Colonel (Character) - 1913