Norma Talmadge

Norma Talmadge

According to historian Charles Lockwood, Talmadge kept her prized jewelry in brown paper bags in the kitchen ice box, next to the vegetables. She later switched to storing them in slippers, hiding rubies in red shoes, sapphires in blue shoes, emeralds in green shoes, and so on.

Another street, Norma Place in West Hollywood, California, is also named for her. The street was originally an easement road that led to the entrance of a tiny studio Norma's husband, Joseph M. Schenck, built for her when she joined his company, First National, in 1919. The studio was used solely to produce movies made by Norma's and Constance's production companies. It was abandoned in 1926 when the production company owned by Norma and her sister Constance Talmadge moved to First National's new home, the Burbank Studios (now home to Warner Brothers). The studio, too small to be properly converted to sound production, was torn down in the 1930s. Norma Place was lengthened, making it a through street, and houses were built where the old studio once stood. Dorothy Parker and her husband, Alan Campbell, lived on Norma Place for most of the years they worked in Hollywood.

Aunt of Buster Keaton Jr. and Bob Talmadge.

Dark brown hair and eyes.

Daughter of Margaret Talmadge, the prototypical Hollywood stage mother.

Even after they divorced, Joseph M. Schenck continued to act as her financial advisor and guide her business affairs.

Ex-sister-in-law of Buster Keaton.

Fooprints of the stars started accidentally when, in 1927, she stepped into wet cement in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, NY. Mae West was in the same graduating class (1911) as Talmadge.

In 1927, Norma and her sisters opened the Talmadge Park real estate development in San Diego, California, USA. Now known as the Talmadge district, the development contains streets named for each of the sisters. It is located about one mile southwest of the San Diego State University campus.

Like her sisters, her grave marker gives a false date of birth (1897).

Norma Talmadge is parodied as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain (1952).

Norma Talmadge was the 'inspiration' for Norma Desmond, the grotesque, predatory silent movie queen in Billy Wilder's film Sunset Boulevard (1950).

Older sister of Natalie Talmadge & Constance Talmadge.

One Christmas morning, Norma's father, Fred Talmadge, left the house to buy food and never came back, leaving his wife, Margaret (Peg), to raise their three young daughters. Peg took in laundry, sold cosmetics, taught painting classes, and rented out rooms to support her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Talmadge Street in Hollywood, California, USA is named for Norma and her sister Constance Talmadge. It ran along the west side of Vitagraph's west coast studio where the Talmadges made some of their movies in the 1910s. The studio is now the ABC Television Center, west coast home of the American Broadcasting Company and its Los Angeles station, KABC-TV.