Sara Sothern

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Sara Sothern
Two-year old Elizabeth Taylor, mother Sara Sothern, and brother Howard, 1934.jpg
Sothern with her children Elizabeth Taylor and Howard Taylor, 1934
Sara Viola Warmbrodt

(1895-08-21)August 21, 1895
DiedSeptember 11, 1994(1994-09-11) (aged 99)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, California, U.S.
Known forBeing Elizabeth Taylor's mother
(m. 1926; died 1968)
ChildrenHoward Taylor (1929-2020)
Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011)

Sara Sothern (born Sara Viola Warmbrodt; August 21, 1895 – September 11, 1994) was an American stage actress, and the mother of actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Life and career[edit]

Sothern was born Sara Viola Warmbrodt in Arkansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Elizabeth Ann (née Wilson; February 10, 1864 – February 7, 1932) and Samuel Sylvester Warmbrodt (October 8, 1861 – January 6, 1948). Her paternal grandfather, Samuel Warmbrodt, was from Switzerland.[1]

Sothern was a seasoned actress by the time she made her Broadway debut in The Dagger (1925), followed by Arabesque and Fool's Bells that same year. She next appeared in Mama Loves Papa (1926). During this time, she acted in plays across the U.S., including the theatre venues of downtown Los Angeles. She married art dealer Francis Lenn Taylor in 1926 in New York City.[citation needed] They were the parents of Howard Taylor (27 June 1929 – 31 August 2020)[2] and the movie star Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011).

After marrying, Sothern retired from the stage and never acted again. After living in England several years, where her children were born, they returned to the United States. Living in Los Angeles, California, she devoted herself to her family and the movie career of her daughter. Sothern died at age 99 in Palm Springs, California. She is interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park, Los Angeles.[3]


  1. ^ How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood – William J. Mann – Google Books
  2. ^ "Howard Taylor".
  3. ^ Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries

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