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April 17, 2021

The Silent Era Madcap: 40 Beautiful Photos of Mabel Normand in the 1910s and ’20s

Born 1892 in New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, American silent-film actress, screenwriter, director, and producer Mabel Normand was a popular star and collaborator of Mack Sennett in his Keystone Studios films, and at the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s had her own movie studio and production company.

Onscreen, Normand appeared in 12 successful films with Charlie Chaplin and 17 with Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, sometimes writing and directing (or co-writing/directing) movies featuring Chaplin as her leading man.

In the 1920s, Normand’s name was linked with scandal, including the 1922 murder of William Desmond Taylor and the 1924 shooting of Courtland S. Dines, who was shot by Normand’s chauffeur using her pistol. She was exonerated in the first crime, and disregarded from the second, but her film career declined.

In addition, Normand suffered a recurrence of tuberculosis in 1923, which led to a decline in her health, her retirement from films in 1926, and her death in 1930 at age 37. For her contributions to motion pictures, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard.

Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of Mabel Normand in the 1910s and 1920s.


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