Forever Leigh Taylor-Young

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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.


2 thoughts on “Forever Leigh Taylor-Young

  1. I’m not sure how it is that I’ve still never seen this film, given that films from the late Sixties, contemporary depictions of the counterculture, and Peter Sellers are all in my wheelhouse. I guess I’ll have to do something about that…!

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