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2018-03-27 11:26:47 UTC
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Delores Taylor, co-star of 'Billy Jack' films, dies at 85

The Associated Press
Published 7:03 a.m. ET March 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Delores Taylor, who co-starred with her husband Tom
Laughlin in his productions of the Billy Jack series of films, has died
in Southern California, her daughter said Monday. She was 85.

Teresa Laughlin told The Associated Press that Taylor died March 23 of
natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Home near Los
Angeles. She said her mother had suffered from dementia.

Taylor was born in 1932 in Winner, South Dakota. She grew up near the
Rosebud Indian Reservation, an experience which she drew from when
creating the namesake character of the Billy Jack films in the 1970s.

Taylor starred in three of the four Billy Jack films in which she
played a teacher whose progressive school is defended by Billy Jack — a
half-white, half-Native American Vietnam veteran who had come to hate
war. The films became counterculture favorites.

Billy Jack was first seen in the 1968 biker movie Born Losers, but
became widely known after Billy Jack, the second of four films Laughlin
made about him (only three made it to theaters).

Billy Jack was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to
gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for
guerrilla filmmaking. The film became a surprise hit and the theme
song, One Tin Soldier, was a hit single for the rock group Coven.

Taylor was nominated for a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in
1972.

Her daughter said Taylor was a "reluctant" celebrity and preferred her
roles of wife, mother and grandmother.

"She loved performing but didn't enjoy the Hollywood trappings," Teresa
Laughlin said.

Taylor is survived by two sisters, three children and five
grandchildren. Tom Laughlin died in 2013.
David LaRue
2018-03-28 01:06:32 UTC
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Delores Taylor, co-star of 'Billy Jack' films, dies at 85
Taylor is survived by two sisters, three children and five
grandchildren. Tom Laughlin died in 2013.
My condolances to her family and all that remember her.
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2018-03-28 03:32:33 UTC
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Delores Taylor, co-star of 'Billy Jack' films, dies at 85
The Associated Press
Published 7:03 a.m. ET March 27, 2018
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Delores Taylor, who co-starred with her husband Tom
Laughlin in his productions of the Billy Jack series of films, has died
in Southern California, her daughter said Monday. She was 85.
Teresa Laughlin told The Associated Press that Taylor died March 23 of
natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Home near Los
Angeles. She said her mother had suffered from dementia.
Taylor was born in 1932 in Winner, South Dakota. She grew up near the
Rosebud Indian Reservation, an experience which she drew from when
creating the namesake character of the Billy Jack films in the 1970s.
Taylor starred in three of the four Billy Jack films in which she
played a teacher whose progressive school is defended by Billy Jack — a
half-white, half-Native American Vietnam veteran who had come to hate
war. The films became counterculture favorites.
Billy Jack was first seen in the 1968 biker movie Born Losers, but
became widely known after Billy Jack, the second of four films Laughlin
made about him (only three made it to theaters).
Billy Jack was released in 1971 after a long struggle by Laughlin to
gain control of the low-budget, self-financed movie, a model for
guerrilla filmmaking. The film became a surprise hit and the theme
song, One Tin Soldier, was a hit single for the rock group Coven.
Taylor was nominated for a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in
1972.
Her daughter said Taylor was a "reluctant" celebrity and preferred her
roles of wife, mother and grandmother.
"She loved performing but didn't enjoy the Hollywood trappings," Teresa
Laughlin said.
Taylor is survived by two sisters, three children and five
grandchildren. Tom Laughlin died in 2013.
I wonder if she shaved some years off her age. She always looked older in those films than she was.

Tommie Hicks
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2018-03-28 03:34:07 UTC
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I meant to say "older than she looked,"

Tommie Hicks

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