German actress Ursula Taylor, who played the female lead in pics like “Bandido,” “Bengal Brigade” and “Monsoon,” died June 19 in Burbank, Calif., of natural causes. She was 86.
As a teenager, she was pressed into service as a farm laborer during the Nazis. Afterward she performed on stage and in 1949’s “Keepers of the Night,” credited as Ursula Thiess.
In 1953, Howard Hughes discovered Taylor and brought her to RKO Studios, where she was put under contract. The brunette played the romantic interest in male-skewing pics such as Glenn Ford starrer “The Americano,” Rock Hudson’s “Bengal Brigade” and Robert Mitchum-toplined starrer “Bandido.”
She married Robert Taylor in 1954 and appeared on his TV series “Robert Taylor’s Detectives.” She published an autobiography, “… But I Have Promises to Keep: My Life Before, With and After Robert Taylor” in 2004.
Survivors include two daughters and a son..
Donations may be made to the Smile Train.