Estelle Taylor was an American Hollywood actress whose career was most prominent during the silent film era of the 1920s.
Born Estelle Boylan in Wilmington, Delaware to a Jewish family, Taylor married a banker while still a teenager. After relocating to Hollywood, she began taking bit parts in films.
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 winning Cimarron and the Clara Bow talkie, Call Her Savage in 1932.
Taylor married heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Dempsey, in 1925. She was supposed to have co-starred in a movie with actor Rudolph Valentino which would have brought her more widespread fame but he died just before production was to begin.