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Elizabeth Ploger

Elizabeth Ploger was valuable assistant to Rod Taylor in the 1960s and a remained a lifelong friend to his family. She died Oct. 11, 2019, at age 85.

When Liz was a secretary at MGM, she jumped at an offer to help answer fan mail for Rod and to produce his fan club newsletter, Rod-Lore. She filled each issue (1963 through 1966) with a wealth of information about Rod, his films, his family and fellow fans. 

Information from from Rod-Lore is scattered throughout this website, but one of the best examples of Liz's work is her report in the October 1964 issue, "On Location with 36 Hours" (PDF).

She often recruited the help of special correspondents, notably Rod's mother and his assistant, Marco Lopez, who reported about "The Glass Bottom Boat" on Catalina Island.

The semi-annual newsletter included a letter from Rod, an update from Liz, a Q&A with Rod, and then reviews and reports about the movies he was making or had just been released.

Liz also penned articles for movie magazines, such as this one in the February 1965 issue of Screen Stars, "Who Says Marriage Isn't for Actors" (PDF).

Liz loved to travel, and she regularly sent me email "postcards" from her journeys. On one of her trips to Florida in the mid-2000s to visit Mary Hilem Schott (Rod's ex-wife) in Palm Beach, she made a detour to my town and we had a delightful dinner together.

We met again in 2017 at the U.S. premiere of the documentary "Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches." The event was so special as it brought together many people central to promoting the life and work of Rod Taylor: the documentary's filmmakers (Stephan Wellink and Robert de Young), Rod's biographer (Stephen Vagg), his fan club president (Liz Ploger) and his webmaster (me!).

The film and the evening were extremely meaningful to Liz, and considering her advancing health problems at the time, she made a valiant effort to attend. I'm so glad she did.




Liz Ploger's obituary (PDF)

Articles by Liz Ploger:

"On Location with 36 Hours" (PDF)

"Who Says Marriage Isn't for Actors" (PDF).