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Also Known As: Died: December 24, 1957
Born: May 26, 1893 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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A popular dramatic star of the late 1910s and 1920s, actress Norma Talmadge specialized in weepy society melodramas, and became one of the most popular and financially successful performers of the silent era. After receiving her start on the East Coast in "A Tale of Two Cities" (1911) and "The Peacemaker" (1914), Talmadge landed her first starring role in the wartime propaganda picture "The Battle Cry of Peace" (1915). Moving out to California with her mother and two sisters, Constance and Natalie, both of whom went on to their own success as actresses, she made the disastrous "Captivating Mary Costairs" (1915), before joining D.W. Griffith at the Triangle Film Corporation to make a series of movies, including "The Social Secretary" (1917). Back in New York, she met and married producer Joseph Schenck, who acted more as her manager than her husband. With Schenck, Talmadge achieved incalculable success, becoming a major star and independently wealthy in the process, thanks to making films under her own banner, the Norma Talmadge Film Corporation. Sticking mostly to dramas - the few comedies she made were dismissed by fans - Talmadge became one of Hollywood's biggest stars with "The Sign on the Door"...

A popular dramatic star of the late 1910s and 1920s, actress Norma Talmadge specialized in weepy society melodramas, and became one of the most popular and financially successful performers of the silent era. After receiving her start on the East Coast in "A Tale of Two Cities" (1911) and "The Peacemaker" (1914), Talmadge landed her first starring role in the wartime propaganda picture "The Battle Cry of Peace" (1915). Moving out to California with her mother and two sisters, Constance and Natalie, both of whom went on to their own success as actresses, she made the disastrous "Captivating Mary Costairs" (1915), before joining D.W. Griffith at the Triangle Film Corporation to make a series of movies, including "The Social Secretary" (1917). Back in New York, she met and married producer Joseph Schenck, who acted more as her manager than her husband. With Schenck, Talmadge achieved incalculable success, becoming a major star and independently wealthy in the process, thanks to making films under her own banner, the Norma Talmadge Film Corporation. Sticking mostly to dramas - the few comedies she made were dismissed by fans - Talmadge became one of Hollywood's biggest stars with "The Sign on the Door" (1921), "Smilin' Through" (1922), "Secrets" (1924), and "Camille" (1927). But like many silent performers, she was unable to transition to sound and retired, living the rest of her live in obscurity. Regardless of her quiet exit, Talmadge remained one-half of cinema's most famous sister acts and one of silent Hollywood's most important and successful stars.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930) Jeannette Vaubernier
2.
 New York Nights (1929) Jill Deverne
3.
 The Woman Disputed (1928) Mary Ann Wagner
4.
 Show People (1928) Herself
5.
 Camille (1927) Marguerite Gautier [Camille]
6.
 The Dove (1927) Dolores
7.
 Kiki (1926) Kiki
8.
 The Lady (1925) Polly Pearl
9.
 Graustark (1925) Princess Yetive
10.
 Secrets (1924) Mary Marlowe
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Moved to Brooklyn as a child
1910:
Film debut with Vitagraph, "A Four-Footed Pest"
1915:
First starring role, "The Battle Cry of Peace"
1916:
Moved from Vitagraph to Triangle/Fine Arts
1919:
Formed Norma Talmadge Film Company, releasing through First National
1927:
Was third star to put her footprints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater
1930:
Made only two talkies, "New York Nights" and "Dubarry, Woman of Passion"
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Education

Erasmus Hall High School: Brooklyn , New York -

Notes

"Making pictures is a colossal game. To me it is life. It gives me what I want." --Norma Talmadge, quoted in unidentified fan magazine, c. 1920

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husband:
Joseph Schenck. Producer. Married 1917; divorced 1934.
husband:
George Jessel. Actor, singer, songwriter. Married April 23, 1934; divorced 1937.
husband:
Carvel James. Doctor. Married 1946.

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father:
Fred Talmadge. Advertising salesman. Died 1925.
mother:
Peg Talmadge. Died 1934.
sister:
Natalie Talmadge. Actor. Born 1899, died June 19, 1969; married to Buster Keaton 1921-32.
sister:
Constance Talmadge. Actor. Born March 4, 1898, died November 23, 1973; married married and divorced three times; with fourth husband until his death in 1964.
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