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Meet Patricia Taylor: The Woman Who Raised Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves is one of the most beloved contemporary stars of the film industry. His roles in highly influential films like The Matrix, John Wick, and Speed have helped to cement him as an action star, while his personal life has helped to solidify his image as a friendly and humble man. 

Keanu Reeves surprised everyone at the 2020 Oscars ceremony when he arrived at the event, not with his wife Alexandra Grant, but with an older woman who turned heads with her amazing red carpet look.

This woman, Patricia Taylor, was actually Keanu Reeves’ mother, further helping to cement Reeves’ image as a humble star.

Today, we are going to find out everything you could possibly need to know about Keanu Reeves’ mother, so why not dive in down below to get started? 

Patricia Taylor’s Early Life

Patricia Taylor was born on December 23, 1944, in Beirut, Lebanon, to an English mother and a Chinese-Hawaiian father. Her father worked as a geologist and moved the family frequently throughout her childhood, which led to Taylor attending schools in various countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

In the 1960s, Taylor moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer. She trained in jazz, tap, and ballet and even danced in a production of “West Side Story” on Broadway. However, a knee injury ended her dance career prematurely, and she had to find a new path in life.

Taylor went on to study costume design and worked in the film industry, where she met and married Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. The couple had two children, Keanu and Kim. However, their marriage was short-lived, and they divorced when Keanu was only three years old.

Despite the challenges she faced early on in life, Taylor remained determined to provide the best possible life for her children. Her resilience and dedication to her family would continue to be a driving force throughout her life.

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The Many Marriages Of Patricia Taylor

Patricia Taylor was born in 1944, in the county of Hampshire in England. Unfortunately, not much is known about Patricia’s early life in England, especially her childhood, but what is known is that she met her first husband at the age of 20, while visiting Beirut, Lebanon. This was in 1964. 

Unfortunately, much of Patricia Taylor’s life is marked by her unsuccessful marriages, so let’s take a look at her life during the period of each of these marriages.

The First Marriage – Samuel Nowlin Reeves

Already, the name of Patricia Taylor’s first husband should be ringing bells in your mind, as, in 1964, he would father Keanu Reeves, who would grow into the megastar we know today. 

Patricia Taylor first met Samuel in Beirut, Lebanon, and they very quickly developed chemistry. At the time, Patricia was working as a costume designer for the film industry, and she also moonlighted as a showgirl for a Casino.

They quickly tied the knot in the same year and gave birth to their first child, Keanu Reeves. 

Unfortunately, though Patricia and Samuel had a great rapport, Samuel had an insatiable habit of drugs and alcohol, which made him very unfit as a father, and this caused a massive rift in the marriage.

Despite having a second child with Patricia, daughter Kime Reeves, in 1966, Samuel Nowlin Reeves soon abandoned the two children while Keanu was only 2 years of age.

After dissolving their marriage with Samuel, Patricia moved to Australia with her two children, where they lived for a year.

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Patricia Taylor & Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr

The Second Marriage – Paul Aaron

Unfortunately, Patricia Taylor’s second marriage lasted for even less time than the first. 

After living in Australia for a year, Patricia and her two children moved to New York, where, in 1970, she met who would become her second husband, Paul Aaron.

Paul Aaron had already achieved great success in the movie industry and on Broadway, where he was known as a fantastic director. 

It was through Paul Aaron that Keanu Reeves learned about his passion for acting, though ultimately the marriage between Patricia Taylor and Paul Aaron only lasted a year, from 1970 to 1971.

The Third Marriage – Robert Miller

After cutting ties with Paul Aaron, Patricia Taylor once again took her kids and moved, this time to Toronto, Canada.

While in Toronto, Patricia met Robert Miller, who worked as a music promoter. The two tied the knot in 1976, and also welcomed Patricia’s second daughter Karina Miller. 

Though the marriage between Patricia Taylor and Robert Miller seemed a little stronger and more likely to last than the previous, it, unfortunately, fell apart around 1980, and within that same year, Patricia Taylor severed all ties with Robert Miller.

The Fourth Marriage – Jack Bond

Though little is known about when exactly they met, Patricia Taylor started up a relationship with her fourth husband whom she met while still living in Toronto. The two were married until 1994, at which point they severed ties. 

As of yet, Patricia has yet to enter into a fifth marriage, but she is likely focussing on herself and her beloved children.

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The Relationship Between Patricia Taylor And Keanu Reeves

Patricia Taylor’s relationship with her son Keanu Reeves has been a significant part of her life. Despite being a single mother, she provided a stable and nurturing environment for Keanu and his sister, Kim. Taylor always supported her son’s dreams and encouraged him to pursue his passions.

Keanu has always been close to his mother, and their bond has remained strong throughout the years. In interviews, Keanu has often spoken fondly of his mother, praising her strength and resilience. He has credited her with instilling in him a sense of compassion and generosity, which has helped shape him into the person he is today.

Taylor has also been a constant presence in her son’s life, attending his film premieres and events. Keanu has often returned the favor, accompanying his mother to various events and even inviting her to accompany him on film sets.

In 2001, tragedy struck the family when Keanu’s sister Kim was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away at the age of 32. The loss was devastating for the family, but Taylor and Keanu leaned on each other for support during this difficult time.

Overall, Patricia Taylor’s relationship with Keanu Reeves has been a testament to the strength of a mother’s love and the enduring bond between a mother and her child.

What Was Patricia Taylor’s Career Like?

As we explored earlier on, Patricia Taylor worked in Hollywood as a costume designer for films as well as designing costumes for numerous celebrities, such as Alice Cooper.

She has worked on many productions as a production designer, including the film The Four Corners Of Nowhere in 1995, as well as for the hugely popular children’s television series Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego, a 1991 animated series following the exploits of a group of junior detectives using their knowledge of Geography to track down the elusive Carmen Sandiego. 

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Dolly Parton’s famous Playboy costume, designed by Patricia Taylor

Despite her numerous marital issues, Patricia Taylor has managed to have a very successful and eclectic career that has allowed her to travel all over the world and work with some truly amazing people. 

To Wrap Up

There you have it. Little is known about Patricia Taylor, especially compared to her famous son Keanu Reeves, which makes it difficult to gather information about her childhood in England, and even the details of her fourth marriage, and how it led to its ultimate end in 1994. 

However, what is known is that Patricia Taylor is a very beloved mother who gave boundless love to her three children, and whom Keanu Reeves still speaks fondly of.

Despite her numerous martial issues, Patricia Taylor has never once faltered as a loyal and caring mother, and this became all the more evident with her appearance at the 2020 Oscars ceremony alongside her son Keanu Reeves.

For a bit more insight into the life of our favorite Hollywood leading man, check out the video below by Hollywood Zone, where they explore the intricate relationships that have shaped Keanu Reeves into the man he is today and the profound impact his kindness has had on those closest to him.