In 1947 Harold Clurman wrote of Laurette Taylor:
The death of our finest actress…should not go without comment. The perfunctory tributes of the press were dismaying. Perhaps little more could be expected from a theater which has lost all sense of tradition and all ambition beyond that of profit-and consequently all dignity.
He goes on to describe Laurette Taylor’s acting in exquisite and aching detail.
Underneath it all is a warning to a society mad for profit, which spawns a mindless money-grubbing entertainment industry, an industry cut off from art, from the depth of humanity, and from the deeper social and cultural functions of the theater.
Laurette Taylor’s life was tragic. Her appearances in the past fifteen years were so infrequent that when she arrived in The Glass Menagerie most people spoke of her as a discovery. She had made a ‘comeback’. But Laurette Taylor’s fate in this regard is very similar to that of many other players-particularly actresses-beaten by the brutal anarchy of our stage. It would be dolefully instructive to draw up a list of the really talented actresses-living and dead- who have been unconscious sacrifices to our mindless theater.
Tennessee Williams, in his tribute to Laurette Taylor said
There was a radiance about her art which I can compare only to the greatest lines of poetry, and which gave me the same shock of revelation as if the air about us had been momentarily broken through by light from some clear space beyond us.
Konstantin Stanislavski wrote to Laurette Taylor in 1923 saying
To the admirable artist, the supreme Laurette Taylor. I have seldom met actresses who would love art itself more than themselves in art. You are a happy exception. On the stage the artist in you triumphs over the woman. That’s why you can live today with the feelings of a child and tomorrow with the life of a grandmother. You have the qualities of a real artist. That’s why you have conquered your delighted, new and immutable admirer.
In the 2004 documentary Broadway: The Golden Age by Rick McKay, several Broadway greats such as Harold Prince, Charles Durning, Uta Hagen, Marian Seldes, Kaye Ballard, Maureen Stapleton, Fred Ebb, Nanette Fabray, Martin Landau, Maureen Stapleton, June Havoc, and Gena Rowlands nearly unanimously ranked Taylor’s stage performances as the most memorable of their entire lives.