Ruth Taylor was a popular bathing beauty and silent film star.
She was born Ruth Alice Taylor was born on January 13, 1905 (some sources say 1908) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When she was a child her family moved to Portland, Oregon. At the age of nineteen she went to Hollywood and started her career as an extra at Universal Studios. In 1925 she signed a two year contract with Mack Sennett and became one of his bathing beauties. With her perky smile and blonde spit curls Ruth quickly became one of Sennett's most popular actresses. She had supporting roles in more than a dozen comedies including A Yankee Doodle Duke, A Love Sundae, and The Pride Of Pikeville. Ruth was nicknamed "The Little Girl With A Big Personality". In 1928 she was chosen to be a WAMPAS baby star. That same year she beat out dozens of other actresses for the role of gold-digger Lorelei Lee in the film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.