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My Great Aunt Mabel Normand
- Stephen Normand
Mabel Normand was my grandfathers sister. Many "archivist's of film" and "film historians" over the 85 years since her death have created an extraordinary myth about her personal life. I leave her professional life for scholars to recal and evaluate. The great lie has been her alleged addiction to cocaine. Mabel had a great like for gin and that was her demon. For 50 years I have worked to bring to mind Mabel Normand's important contribution as a pioneer of early motion pictures particularily to comedy. Little by little her work is getting more recognition, however the written word concerning her life is always overwhelmed with the hearsay that Mabel was addicted to cocaine and her tie to the murder of William Desmond Taylor. This is all hearsay based on accusations after her death. During her lifetime she was not accused of addiction because she would have challenged the lie in the courts.Over the years the film "historians" have perpetuated the myth which has been rehashed and rehashed to the point where hearsay has become "truth" rather than fiction. Nothing new is ever revealed except for the same old hash. Some speak with such conviction that they really believe the nonsense they spew. If you watch these interviews you will hear & see nothing new other than their own fabrications further exaggerated. My great aunt should be remembered above all for her talent and role in moulding motion pictures into an art form of entertainment and greatness. There is so much more to Mabel Normand than tragedy. There is genius as great as Chaplin, he learnt and owed her much for his later success ...her films are testimony to the title Queen of Comedy which was bestowed on her by others and in recognition of her work...it's time to concentrate on her genius and not the "scandals"..give her a chance to receive her professional recognition which she has been denied..Mabel Normand was a beautiful clever talented woman who died too young leaving her legacy to be tainted by gossip
Pioneer and Icon
In a time when comics dressed and acted like clowns, Mabel dressed and acted in a realistic manner, but at the same time she took pratfalls and got pulled through the mud, doing things other women comics of her generation would not do. She out clowned the clowns! An acting as well as comedic great. A star at the age of 19, a director at 21 and a legend forever.
Sublime comic genius whose timing was unsurpassed. Tragically TB and unfortunate choices ended Mabel's life lived fearlessly both on and off the set. Mack and Mabel were the beginning of American cinematic comedy genre that continues with each crazy chase and every pie in the face. I'd like to think that somewhere the Keystone Kops are still running wild with Mabel along for the ride laughing at every curve.
mabel will always be remembered :)
- christina pernock
mabel normand was an amazing actress in the world of silent comey. She worked well with charlie chaplin as well as roscoe "fatty" arbuckle. She will always hopefully be remembered in every fans heart as a beautiful amazingly talented comediene of the silent era.
Love, love, love Mabel Normand! She pioneered comedic film in both acting and directing. Such a shame she's not remembered more.
Superstar of the Teens
She started out on comedy shorts with Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton and emerged after WW I as a superstar in feature films like Mickey (1918). But in the early 20s her career was destroyed by slim associations with a series a scandals. Although Normand continued making films thru the 20s most of them had limited release.