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Famous murders of 1922 #1

The February 9 1922 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained front-cover photographs of people who might have known details of the murder of Hollywood film director William Desmond Taylor.

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Taylor’s murder was never solved. Details on the people in the photographs above:

  • Mary Miles Minter (1902-1984) was an actress who appeared in 54 silent-era motion pictures. She was widely rumoured to have been romantically involved with Taylor (who was 29 years her senior).
  • Claire Windsor (1892-1972) was another silent film star. She has previously appeared in this blog here.
  • Mabel Normand (1892-1930) was a silent-film actress, writer, director, and producer, often working with Mack Sennett. She died of tuberculosis.
  • Edna Purviance (1895-1958) appeared in over 30 films with Charlie Chaplin.
  • Neva Gerber (1894-1974) was a silent film actress who appeared in over 120 films between 1912 and 1930. She was engaged to Taylor at one time.

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