Rare Mabel Normand Vintage Original 1910s Signed Large Doubleweight Abbe Photo For Sale

RARE MABEL NORMAND VINTAGE ORIGINAL 1910s SIGNED LARGE DOUBLEWEIGHT ABBE PHOTO


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DESCRIPTION: EXTREMELY RARE: Silent film actress MABEL NORMAND early original vintage 1910s hand signed heavy weight photograph by photographer ABBE, also signed by Abbe in the lower right corner. Her signature is authentic original with a white ink fountain pen.

- SIZE: approx. 10 1/2" X 13 1/2"

- TONE: sepia toned B&W

- FINISH: matte

- OTHER: double weight paper stock

- CONDITION: Very good with light wear on the corners. (Please note that I am extremely condition conscious so I always point out the slightest anomalies)

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MABEL NORMAND BIO


(November 9, 1892– February 23, 1930) was an American silent film comedienne and actress. She was a popular star of Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios and is noted as one of the film industry's first female screenwriters, producers and directors. Onscreen she co-starred in commercially successful films with Charles Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle more than a dozen times each, occasionally writing and directing movies featuring Chaplin as her leading man. At the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Normand had her own movie studio and production company.

Throughout the 1920s her name was linked with widely publicized scandals including the 1922 murder of William Desmond Taylor and the 1924 shooting of Courtland S. Dines, who was shot by Normand's chauffeur with her pistol. She was not a suspect in either crime. Her film career declined, possibly due to both scandals and a recurrence of tuberculosis in 1923, which led to a decline in her health, retirement from films and her death in 1930 at age 37.

Born Mabel Ethelreid Normand in New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, she grew up in a working-class family. Normand's mother was of Irish heritage, while her father was French Canadian. Her father, Claude Normand, was employed as a cabinet maker and stage carpenter at Sailors' Snug Harbor home for elderly seamen. Before she entered films at age 16 in 1909, Normand worked as an artist's model, which included posing for postcards illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the Gibson Girl image as well as for Butterick's clothing pattern manufacturer's in lower Manhattan. She met director Mack Sennett while at D. W. Griffith's Biograph Company and embarked on a topsy-turvy relationship with him; he later brought her across when he founded Keystone Studios in 1912. Her first films portrayed her as a bathing beauty, but Normand quickly demonstrated a flair for comedy and became a star of Sennett's short films. Normand appeared with Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe ("Fatty") Arbuckle in many short films as well as men who would later succeed such as Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, and Boris Karloff.

She played a role in starting Chaplin's film career and acted as his leading lady and mentor in a number of films, sometimes co-writing and/directing or co-directing films with him. Chaplin had considerable initial difficulty adjusting to the demands of film acting and his performance suffered for it. After his first film appearance in Making a Living, Sennett felt he had made a costly mistake. Most historians agree it was Normand who persuaded him to give Chaplin another chance.

In 1914 she starred with Chaplin and Marie Dressler in Tillie's Punctured Romance, the first feature-length comedy. Earlier that same year, in January/February, Chaplin first played his Tramp character in Mabel's Strange Predicament, although it wound up being the second Tramp film released. In 1918, as her relationship with Sennett came to an end, Normand signed a $3,500 a week contract with Samuel Goldwyn and opened a film studio in Culver City.

Director William Desmond Taylor shared her interest in books and the two formed a close relationship. According to author Robert Giroux, Taylor was deeply in love with Normand, who had originally approached him for help in curing her cocaine dependency. Based upon Normand's subsequent statements to investigators, her repeated relapses were devastating for Taylor. According to Giroux, Taylor met with federal prosecutors shortly before his death and offered to assist them in filing charges against Normand's cocaine suppliers. Giroux expresses a belief that Normand's suppliers learned of this meeting and hired a contract killer to assassinate the director. According to Giroux, Normand suspected the reasons for Taylor's murder, but did not know the identity of the triggerman.

On the night of his murder, Normand left Taylor's bungalow at 7:45 p.m. in a happy mood, carrying a book he had given her as a loan. They blew kisses to each other as her limousine drove away. Normand was the last person known to have seen Taylor alive. The Los Angeles Police Department subjected Normand to a grueling interrogation, but ruled her out as a suspect. Most subsequent writers have done the same. However, Normand's career had already slowed and her reputation was tarnished. According to George Hopkins, who sat next to her at Taylor's funeral, Normand wept inconsolably throughout the ceremony.

In 1924, Normand's chauffeur Joe Kelly shot and wounded millionaire oil broker and amateur golfer Courtland S. Dines with her pistol. At the time of his death, Dines was romantically involved with Normand's friend (and frequent Chaplin co-star) Edna Purviance. Purviance was also the next door neighbor of William Desmond Taylor.

Normand continued making films and was signed by Hal Roach Studios in 1926 after discussions with director/producer F. Richard Jones, who had directed her at Keystone. At Roach she made the film Raggedy Rose plus four others which were released with publicity support from the Hollywood community (including her friend Mary Pickford).

In 1926 she married actor Lew Cody, with whom she had appeared in Mickey in 1918. They lived separately in nearby houses in Beverly Hills. However, Normand's health was in decline. After an extended stay in Pottenger's Sanitorium she died from tuberculosis in Monrovia, California at the age of 37. She was interred as Mabel Normand-Cody at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles.

Mabel Normand has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard.

Her film Mabel's Blunder (1914) was added to the National Film Registry in December 2009.

In June 2010, the New Zealand Film Archive reported the discovery of a print of Normand's film Won in a Closet (exhibited in New Zealand under its alternate title Won in a Cupboard), a short comedy previously believed lost. This film is a significant discovery, as Normand directed the movie and starred in the lead role, making it a showcase for her talents on both sides of the camera.

  • Say anything you like, but don't say I love to work. That sounds like Mary Pickford, the prissy bitch. (Normand and Pickford were close friends; this was meant jokingly.)
  • A nod to Normand's celebrity in early Hollywood came through the name of a leading character in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, "Norma Desmond", which has been cited as a combination of the names Mabel Normand and William Desmond Taylor.[20][21]
  • The 1974 Broadway musical Mack & 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.
  • Jazz musician Joe "King" Oliver recorded the first song about Normand entitled "Mabel's Dream" in 1923 at the height of Normand's fame. It is generally regarded that the tune was inspired by Mabel Normand. When the Oliver recording is played, it is accompanied by photos of Mabel Normand.
  • "Hello Mabel" is a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band released in England on their second album The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse (released as Urban Spaceman in the US.) in November 1968.
Selected filmography

Year

Film

Role

Notes

1910

Indiscretions of Betty

1911

Her Awakening

The Daughter

Directed by D. W. Griffith

1911

Why He Gave Up

The Wife

Co-directed by Mack Sennett
With Fred Mace

1912

The Water Nymph

Diving Venus

Alternative title: The Beach Flirt
Directed by Mack Sennett
With Mack Sennett and Ford Sterling
First Keystone comedy

1912

The Flirting Husband

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Ford Sterling

1912

Mabel's Lovers

Mabel

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Fred Mace and Ford Sterling

1912

At Coney Island

Alternative title: Cohen at Coney Island
Directed by Mack Sennett
With Ford Sterling and Fred Mace

1912

Mabel's Adventures

Mabel

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Fred Mace and Ford Sterling

1913

The Bangville Police

Farm Girl

With the Keystone Cops

1913

A Noise from the Deep

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Roscoe Arbuckle and the Keystone Cops

1913

A Little Hero

With Harold Lloyd

1913

Mabel's Awful Mistakes

Alternative title: Her Deceitful Lover
Directed by Mack Sennett
With Mack Sennett and Ford Sterling

1913

Passions, He Had Three

Alternative title: He Had Three
With Roscoe Arbuckle

1913

For the Love of Mabel

With Roscoe Arbuckle and Ford Sterling

1913

Mabel's Dramatic Career

Mabel, the kitchen maid

Alternative title: Her Dramatic Debut
Directed by Mack Sennett
With Mack Sennett and Ford Sterling

1913

The Gypsy Queen

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Roscoe Arbuckle

1913

Cohen Saves the Flag

Rebecca

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Ford Sterling

1914

Mabel's Stormy Love Affair

Directed by George Nichols

1914

Won in a Closet[22]

Director
Alternative title: Won in a Cupboard

1914

In the Clutches of the Gang

With Roscoe Arbuckle and the Keystone Cops

1914

Mack at It Again

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Mack Sennett

1914

Mabel's Strange Predicament

Mabel

Alternative title: Hotel Mixup
With Charles Chaplin
(First film with Chaplin as the Tramp although the second released.)

1914

Mabel's Blunder

Mabel

Director
With Charley Chase and Al St. John
Added to the National Film Registry in 2009[17]

1914

A Film Johnnie

Mabel

With Charles Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle

1914

Mabel at the Wheel

Mabel

Co-directed by Normand and Sennett
With Charles Chaplin

1914

Caught in a Cabaret

Mabel

Director, Writer
With Charles Chaplin

1914

Mabel's Nerve

Mabel

Directed by George Nichols

1914

The Alarm

Alternative title: Fireman's Picnic
With Roscoe Arbuckle and Minta Durfee

1914

Her Friend the Bandit

Mabel

Co-directed by Normand and Chaplin
With Charles Chaplin

1914

The Fatal Mallet

Mabel

Written and directed by Mack Sennett
With Charles Chaplin and Mack Sennett

1914

Mabel's Busy Day

Mabel

Writer, Director
With Charles Chaplin and Chester Conklin

1914

Mabel's Married Life

Mabel

Directed by Charles Chaplin
Co-written by Normand and Chaplin
With Charles Chaplin

1914

Mabel's New Job

Writer, Co-director
With Chester Conklin and Charley Chase

1914

Tillie's Punctured Romance

Mabel

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Marie Dressler and Charles Chaplin

1914

The Sky Pirate

With Roscoe Arbuckle and Minta Durfee

1914

The Masquerader

Actress

Uncredited
Written and Directed by Charles Chaplin
With Charles Chaplin and Roscoe Arbuckle

1914

Mabel's Latest Prank

Mabel

Alternative title: Touch of Rheumatism
Co-directed by Normand and Sennett
With Mack Sennett and Hank Mann

1914

Hello, Mabel

Mabel

Director
Alternative title: On a Busy Wire
With Charley Chase and Minta Durfee

1914

Gentlemen of Nerve

Mabel

Alternative titles: Charlie at the Races
Some Nerve
Directed by Charles Chaplin
With Charles Chaplin and Chester Conklin

1914

His Trysting Place

Mabel, The Wife

Written and directed by Charles Chaplin
With Charles Chaplin

1914

Shotguns That Kick

Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
With Roscoe Arbuckle and Al St. John

1914

Getting Acquainted

Ambrose's Wife

Written and directed by Charles Chaplin
With Charles Chaplin and Phyllis Allen

1915

Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day

Mabel

Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
With Roscoe Arbuckle

1915

Mabel and Fatty's Simple Life

Mabel

Alternative title: Mabel and Fatty's Simple Life
Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
With Roscoe Arbuckle

1915

Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair at San Francisco

Mabel

Directed by Normand and Arbuckle
With Roscoe Arbuckle

1915

Mabel and Fatty's Married Life

Mabel

Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
With Roscoe Arbuckle

1915

That Little Band of Gold

Wifey

Uncredited
Alternative title: For Better or Worse
Directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
With Roscoe Arbuckle and Ford Sterling

1915

Wished on Mabel

Mabel

Director
With Roscoe Arbuckle

1915

Mabel's Wilful Way

Mabel

Co-directed by Normand and Sennett
With Roscoe Arbuckle

1915

Mabel Lost and Won

Director
With Owen Moore and Mack Swain

1915

The Little Teacher

The Little Teacher

Alternative title: A Small Town Bully
Directed by Mack Sennett
With Roscoe Arbuckle and Mack Sennett

1916

Fatty and Mabel Adrift

Mabel

Alternative title: Concrete Biscuits
Written and directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
With Roscoe Arbuckle and Al St. John

1916

He Did and He Didn't

The Doctor's Wife

Written and directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
With Roscoe Arbuckle and Al St. John

1918

The Venus Model

Kitty O'Brien

Directed by Clarence G. Badger
With Rod La Rocque

1918

A Perfect 36

Mabel

Directed by Charles Giblyn
With Rod La Rocque

1918

Mickey

Mickey

Directed by F. Richard Jones and James Young

1919

Jinx

The Jinx

Directed by Victor Schertzinger

1921

Molly O'

Molly O'

Directed by F. Richard Jones
With George Nichols

1922

Head Over Heels

Tina

Directed by Paul Bern and Victor Schertzinger
With Raymond Hatton and Adolphe Menjou

1922

Oh, Mabel Behave

Innkeeper's Daughter

Directed by Mack Sennett
With Mack Sennett and Ford Sterling

1923

Suzanna

Suzanna

Directed by F. Richard Jones
With George Nichols

1923

The Extra Girl

Sue Graham

Co-written by Mack Sennett
Directed by F. Richard Jones
With George Nichols

1926

Raggedy Rose

Raggedy Rose

Co-written by Stan Laurel
Directed by Richard Wallace

1926

The Nickel-Hopper

Paddy, the nickel hopper

Co-written by Stan Laurel
Featuring Oliver Hardy (uncredited)

1927

Should Men Walk Home?

The Girl Bandit

Directed by Leo McCarey
With Eugene Pallette and Oliver Hardy

1927

One Hour Married

With Creighton Hale and James Finlayson

(courtesy of wikipedia)


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On Jun-30-13 at 21:04:57 PDT, seller added the following information:

This photograph is actually of Mabel Norman in Paris in 1922


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