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Charles Higham interview, 2005 February 14
Higham, Charles, 1931-
Martinson, Connie
Date Created and/or Issued
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The Drucker Institute
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Connie Martinson Talks Books
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Charles Higham discusses his book, “Murder in Hollywood.” He begins by sharing that the director King Vidor was a friend of his and before he died Vidor asked him to use his papers to write the history of the murder of William Desmond Taylor. He explains that William Desmond Taylor was originally from Ireland and later came to Hollywood where he became a writer and director for silent films. He discusses how before he came to Hollywood he worked in New York where he had a wife and daughter, but eventually had to flee because he was wanted by the police. Higham goes on to share how Marry Miles Minter, who was suspected of murdering William Desmond Taylor, asked him to write her biography. He explores how after he interviewed her she demanded that he give her the audiotapes he had made of the conversation. Higham believed that Minter was concerned that she had revealed too much in the interview and that led her to demand the tapes back. Later in the interview he talks about Mabel Norman’s role in the murder of William Desmond Taylor.
moving image
Taylor, William Desmond, 1877-1922
Murder - Investigation - California - Los Angeles - Case studies
Motion picture producers and directors - California - Los Angeles -Biography
Time Period
Twentieth century
United States
Betacam tape.
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