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May 9, 2021

Norma Talmadge: One of the Most Popular Idols of the ’20s American Screen

Born 1894 in Jersey City, New Jersey, American actress Norma Talmadge was a major box-office draw for more than a decade, and her career reached a peak in the early 1920s.

A specialist in melodrama, her most famous film was Smilin’ Through (1922), but she also scored artistic triumphs teamed with director Frank Borzage in Secrets (1924) and The Lady (1925). Her younger sister Constance Talmadge was also a movie star.

Talmadge married millionaire film producer Joseph M. Schenck and they successfully created their own production company. After reaching fame in the film studios on the East Coast, she moved to Hollywood in 1922.

Talmadge was one of the most elegant and glamorous film stars of the Roaring ’20s. However, by the end of the silent film era, her popularity with audiences had waned. After her two talkies proved disappointing at the box office, she retired a very wealthy woman.

After suffering a series of strokes in 1957, Talmadge died of pneumonia on Christmas Eve of that year. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Norma Talmadge has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.

Take a look at these fabulous photos to see the beauty of Norma Talmadge during her career.


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