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Also Known As: Constance Alice Talmadge Died: November 23, 1973
Born: April 19, 1898 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, nurse

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Though not as famous as her big sister Norma, silent era actress Constance Talmadge was a star in her own right who made her name and her fortune as a leading performer in a number of successful films. While Norma fared better in dramatic roles, Talmadge displayed adept skill and timing in scores of comedies. After making her debut in 1914, she made a number of comedies every year, but ironically had her big breakthrough in D.W. Griffith's epic drama, "Intolerance" (1916), in which she played the plucky Mountain Girl. The role proved popular enough that Griffith featured her again in another film, "The Fall of Babylon" (1919). Talmadge became a big star in the 1920s with films like "In Search of a Sinner" (1920), "East is West" (1922) and "Her Night of Romance" (1924). By the time she starred in "Her Sister from Paris" (1925), Talmadge was one of the most popular comedic actresses in Hollywood. She went on to make "The Duchess of Buffalo" (1926) and "Venus of Venice" (1927), only to abruptly retire before the talkie era came into bloom following her last silent picture, "Venus" (1929). Talmadge lived quietly as a wealthy woman until her death in 1973, only to see her stature as one of Hollywood's top...

Though not as famous as her big sister Norma, silent era actress Constance Talmadge was a star in her own right who made her name and her fortune as a leading performer in a number of successful films. While Norma fared better in dramatic roles, Talmadge displayed adept skill and timing in scores of comedies. After making her debut in 1914, she made a number of comedies every year, but ironically had her big breakthrough in D.W. Griffith's epic drama, "Intolerance" (1916), in which she played the plucky Mountain Girl. The role proved popular enough that Griffith featured her again in another film, "The Fall of Babylon" (1919). Talmadge became a big star in the 1920s with films like "In Search of a Sinner" (1920), "East is West" (1922) and "Her Night of Romance" (1924). By the time she starred in "Her Sister from Paris" (1925), Talmadge was one of the most popular comedic actresses in Hollywood. She went on to make "The Duchess of Buffalo" (1926) and "Venus of Venice" (1927), only to abruptly retire before the talkie era came into bloom following her last silent picture, "Venus" (1929). Talmadge lived quietly as a wealthy woman until her death in 1973, only to see her stature as one of Hollywood's top performers vanish along with most of the 80-plus films she made.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 TBD (2005)
2.
 Venus of Venice (1927) Carlotta
3.
 Breakfast at Sunrise (1927) Madeleine
4.
 The Duchess of Buffalo (1926) Marian Duncan
5.
 Her Sister From Paris (1925) Helen Weyringer/Lola
6.
 Learning To Love (1925) Patricia Stanhope
8.
 Her Night of Romance (1924) Dorothy Adams
9.
 The Goldfish (1924) Jennie Wetherby
10.
 Dulcy (1923) Dulcy
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1914:
Film debut, "Buddy's First Call"
1916:
Breakthrough role in D W Griffith's "Intolerance"
1917:
Under contract with United Artists
1929:
Final film, "Venus"
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Notes

"Leave them while you're looking good and thank God for the trust funds Momma set up." --wire supposedly sent by Constance to Norma Talmadge when talking pictures arrived.

"I try to handle a comedy role in much the same way a cartoonist handles his pencils. If he is drawing a picture of the late Theodore Roosevelt, he emphasizes Teddy's eyeglasses and teeth, and leaves the ears and nostrils and the lines of the face barely suggested. One must leave a great deal to the imagination of the audience." --Constance Talmadge, quoted in early 1920s fan magazine.

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husband:
John Pialoglou. Businessman. Married 1920-21.
companion:
Irving Thalberg. Dated 1924-26.
husband:
Alistair MacIntosh. Married 1926; divorced.
husband:
Townsend Netcher. Businessman. Married 1929; divorced.
husband:
Walter M Giblin. Stockbroker. Married 1939 until his death in 1964.
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father:
Fred Talmadge. Advertising salesman. Died 1925.
mother:
Peg Talmadge. Died 1934.
sister:
Norma Talmadge. Actor. Born 1895; died 1957; married to Nicholas Schenck, George Jessel and Carvel James.
sister:
Natalie Talmadge. Actor. Born 1899, died June 19, 1969; married to Buster Keaton 1921-32.
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