Mabel Normand Overview:

Legendary actress, Mabel Normand, was born Mabel Ethelreid Normand on Nov 10, 1892 in Staten Island, NY. Normand died at the age of 37 on Feb 22, 1930 in Monrovia, CA .


Bright, bubbling, dark-eyed brunette, the most talented and individual of America's silent screen comedians, with a great and deservedly devoted public following from pre-World War I times to the early 1920s. Also directed, or co-directed, often without credit, many of her two-reelers. Loved and lost by slapstick producing kingpin Mack Sennett, she died from tuberculosis, her career already ruined by drug addiction and alleged involvement in a murder. Married actor Lew Cody (Louis Cote, 1884-1934).

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Normand was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars ? The Marvelous

By Lea Stans on Apr 15, 2021 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars ? The Marvelous If Charlie Chaplin is considered the king of slapstick, then certainly is its queen. Much-loved by audiences in her day, everyone who knew and worked with Mabel also remembered her fondly, describing her as ?wonderf... Read full article

How to NAIL a movie audition (hey, it worked for ) Animated GIF

By Fritzi Kramer on Jan 10, 2014 From Movies Silently

is determined to make it in the movies. This is her audition scene from Mabel’s Dramatic Career. She demonstrates her dancing abilities (no one could do a zany dance like Mabel) but is in danger of losing her balance. Ford Sterling comes to the rescue (or does he?) but the look o... Read full article

Always remember this: Don’t mess with , Animated GIF

By Fritzi Kramer on Jan 4, 2014 From Movies Silently

was one of the spunkiest ladies of the silents. Associated with the infamously rough Keystone studio, she could be as rowdy as any of the boys. Here she is backhanding studio head and real-life boyfriend Mack Sennett in the kisser. (The GIF is from the 1913 short Mabel’s Dramatic... Read full article

: Paying the Price

By FlickChick on Jul 4, 2011 From A Person in the Dark

Eighth in a series about strong women in film. Strong women are independent, beautiful, sexy, feminine and just want everything in life that a man wants and believe that they have every right to have it! : A Breath of Spring Being beautiful is not easy (or so I've heard), nor is being... Read full article

Pawsome Pet Pictures: .

By Dawn on May 18, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Personal Quote: "Say anything you like, but don`t say I love to work. That sounds like Mary Pickford, the prissy bi*** . (She and Pickford were actually good friends)".... Read full article

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Anita Loos, in her 1966 autobiography "A Girl Like I," wrote that during her cocaine-induced frenzies, Mabel would write long, rambling letters to people about nothing in particular. At the time of her death, Mabel's attending physician was Loos' brother, Clifford. She begged Clifford to allow her to die at home, but she was too weak to be moved. A portable screen was brought in from her bedroom and, thinking she was in her own bed, she died in peace.

Writer/Producer Rudy Cecera used some of Mabel's personal possessions as props in his short film Madcap Mabel, which went on to become an Official Selection in four film festivals.

Portrayed by Marisa Tomei in Chaplin (1992).

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