Sunday, September 16, 2012

Silent Film Star: Mabel Normand.

Cultural references:

Recognition, to Normand's celebrity in early Hollywood, came through the name of a leading character in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, "Norma Desmond", which was a combination of the names: Mabel Normand and William Desmond Taylor.

The 1974 Broadway musical Mack and Mabel (Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman) fictionalized the romance between Normand and Mack Sennett. Normand was played by Bernadette Peters and Robert Preston played Mack Sennett.

Normand is played by actress Marisa Tomei in the 1992 film Chaplin.

By Morganne Picard in the motion picture Return to Babylon (2008) and by Penelope Lagos in the first bio-pic about her life, a 35-minute dramatic short film entitled Madcap Mabel (2010).

In Season 2, Episode 1 of Downton Abbey, the housemaid Ethel is seen reading a photoplay about Mabel Normand.

Please click here to learn more about Mabel Normand


  1. I've been watching Mabel on TCM this month and just adore her. She is so natural and beautiful and funny. I love that these almost forgotten stars still pop up in our everyday lives from time to time.

  2. I find Mabel Normand an interesting actress. She was soo vibrant on screen, but had such a troubled personal life. She was one of the great silent comedians. Also, love the new background!!!

  3. The new background, reminded me of the silent films..


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