Estelle Taylor was a glamorous motion-picture actress of the 1920s and '30s and onetime wife of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey.
As an actress, Taylor's career included bit parts in Broadway musicals and the lead opposite John Barrymore in "Don Juan." She successfully made the transition from silent to talking pictures and in the final years of her life appeared in a number of television programs.
She was the founder and president of the California Pet Owners' Protective League. She was widely known for her devotion to pets and in 1953 was appointed to the City Animal Regulation Commission, which she had been serving as vice president.
Taylor was born Estelle Boylan on May 20, 1894, in Wilmington, Del., and got her start in show business in the Broadway musical "Come On, Charlie."
She came to Hollywood in the 1920s, winning acclaim as one of the film colony's most beautiful actresses. She appeared in Cecil B. DeMille's silent version of "The Ten Commandments," "Monte Cristo" and in other pictures.
Taylor was married three times, to Delaware banker Kenneth Peacock; to Dempsey, then the king of the fistic world; and to theatrical producer Paul Small. All three marriages ended in divorce.
Taylor died of cancer at her Los Angeles home on April 15, 1958.