Much has been written about how legendary actors Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck met. It is known that they were legally married for just shy of twelve years, considered one of Hollywood’s most stable relationships of the time. They first came together in 1936 at the Trocadero night club on Sunset Strip. Bob was in the presence of his agent and Barbara was in the company of her agent, Zeppo Marx and his wife, Marion. Bob was on his way up in the Hollywood publicity structure; Barbara was already well-known but she was sad after her divorce and was having a hard time, personally.
The evening wore on pleasantly enough, except that Stanwyck kept wondering what had happened to “Artique”, the name she caught when Marion informed her about the blind date. Taylor noticed her preoccupation and asked her about it. He laughed when she explained. “I’m your date,” he said “R.T. for Robert Taylor. That’s what the Marxes call me.”