Mary Miles Minter, Sincerely yours
Her first film for director William Desmond Taylor was "Anne of Green Gables" in 1919, which made her a star. According to her, a romantic relationship developed between herself and the director, William Desmond Taylor.
Minter said Taylor had reservations from the outset and later curtailed the romance, citing the thirty-year difference in their ages.
In 1922, Taylor was murdered in his home. The ensuing scandal was the subject of widespread media speculation and embellishment. Minter was at the height of her success, having starred in more than 50 films and sensationalistic newspaper revelations of the twenty-year-old film star's association with a forty-nine-year-old murdered director caused rolling scandals.
There were several suspects in the long investigation of Taylor's murder. In 1937, Minter publicly announced, "Now I demand that I either be prosecuted for the murder committed fifteen years ago, or exonerated completely. If the District Attorney has any evidence, he should prosecute. If not, then I should be exonerated... Shadows have been cast upon my reputation"