, the co-creator and co-star of the popular Billy Jack series of films
, passed away on Friday. She was 85.
Taylor grew up in Winner
, a city near the Rosebud Sioux Reservation
in South Dakota. Seeing how Indian people were mistreated by non-Indians prompted her to share her experiences, according to a 2011 interview with Adrian Esposito
"Everything in that movie happened, more or less, to Delores when she was growing up in Winner, South Dakota," her husband, the late Tom Laughlin
, who starred as Billy Jack, said in the interview.
In the films, Billy Jack
was a mixed-race Vietnam war veteran from the Navajo Nation
. Taylor's character was a non-Indian teacher named Jean Roberts.
Taylor was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work. She and her husband ended up making three Billy Jack
films, which became popular due to their anti-war and anti-establishment sentiments.
"She was inspiring, a leader. A woman of incredible love, decency and kindness," a fan said in a Facebook group
, where Taylor's daughter announced her passing.
Read More on the Story:
Delores Taylor, Star of ‘Billy Jack’ Movies of the 1970s, Dies at 85
(The Wrap March 26, 2018)
Delores Taylor, co-star of 'Billy Jack' films, dies at 85
(The Associated Press 27, 2018)
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