Leigh Taylor-Young is best remembered as the free-spirited flower child who inspires Peter Sellers to “tune in, drop out and turn on” in the 1968 counter-culture satire, “I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!”
Although the film is more than a little dated, it still holds up due to the brilliance of Sellers and more than a few well-crafted scenes courtesy of two former writers of The Monkees TV show: Paul Mazursky (who would later move on to bigger and better things) and Larry Tucker.
For her part, Taylor-Young, fresh off of Peyton Place, isn’t given the chance to do much more than behave as the typical, Hollywood stereotype of a loopy hippy. However, the actress exudes such radiance and charisma on screen that it’s easy to imagine why a materially successful attorney like Seller’s character would chuck it all away for a roll in the hay with Taylor-Young’s Nancy.
She won a Golden Globe for her performance. Although none of her remaining roles carried quite the same impact (except, perhaps, for Soylent Green), a truer testament to the lasting impression Taylor-Young left upon a certain generation is easily revealed via a quick search on Google. Based upon blog posts and commentaries on such sites as IMdB, a number of aging film buffs still harbor a strong crush on the actress.