Delores Taylor, who appeared on the Billy Jack series of films alongside her husband Tom Laughlin, has died in Southern California, her daughter confirmed to media on Monday, March 26. She was 85 years old.
Teresa Laughlin told The Associated Press that her mother died on March 23 of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Home near LA. She further revealed that Delores had suffered from dementia.
She also has another daughter named Christina Laughlin.
Delores Taylor, 'Billy Jack' Movie Actress, Dies at Age 85: Cause of Death?
Born in 1932 in Winner, South Dakota, Delores grew up near the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Delores starred in three of the four Billy Jack films as a teacher whose progressive school is defended by Billy Jack who had come to hate war.
Billy Jack was released in 1971. The film became a hit and its theme song, One Tin Soldier, was a hit single for the rock group Coven.
Delores was nominated for a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1972.
Her daughter said thah her mom was a "reluctant" celebrity and preferred her roles of wife, mother and grandmother.
She loved performing but didn't enjoy the Hollywood trappings,