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Mabel Normand (1892-1930)

Music playing is the song "Mickey" by Neil Moret and Harry Williams (1918)
MIDI file courtesy Melody Lane Songbook

Mabel Normand was the greatest comedienne of the silent screen era. She was born Mabel Ethelreid Fortesque in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of a poor vaudeville pianist, on November 10th, 1892. The family moved to New York when she was a baby. Mabel was convent educated in her early years at St. Mary's in Northwest Point, Massachusetts, so she certainly did know how to read, contrary to rumors which were started after her death. Those nuns made sure you could read and write, or the rulers would come down on your hands!

To earn some extra money to help support her struggling family, she left school and became a model at age fourteen for several prestigious photographers and illustrators, including James Montgomery Flagg, the Leyendeckers, and Charles Dana Gibson. She did stints as a chorus girl for musical shows in New York City. She debuted in silent films with the Vitagraph Studio in 1910, making one and two reelers. By 1912 she was Mack Sennett's best known female performer in his film comedies at Keystone Studios, and the two fell in love, though they never married. The only marriage for Mabel came in 1926, to actor Lew Cody.

Mabel appeared with and even directed Charles Chaplin in several comedies. "Tillie's Punctured Romance" (1914), starring both of them and Marie Dressler, was a huge hit. She filmed a series of popular short films with Fatty Arbuckle. Sennett established the Mabel Normand Feature Film Company to allow Mabel the freedom to make more feature films. She was thoroughly professional during these years, taking all the knocks and bruises herself which come with slapstick comedy, rarely using stunt doubles. Her biggest box office hit was "Mickey" (1918), which had a famous theme song recorded by many singers and bands in the early 20th century, and she also was successful with films like "What Happened To Rosa?" for Goldwyn (1920) and "Suzanna" (1923), once again for Mack Sennett. After Mabel signed with Goldwyn she began to live the stereotypical fast movie star life off screen, and at such a frantic pace that it began to affect her health and career. Rumors of drug use, and the unhappy situation of her name being dragged through two different murder cases, both of which she really didn't have any direct involvement in, combined to end her film career. Mabel broke under the strain, making her last film in 1927. She died of pneumonia, brought on by tuberculosis, on February 22nd, 1930. All the other famous film clowns of the silent screen era attended her funeral and cried throughout. She had been much loved in the industry, but no one could save Mabel Normand from herself. ~ Copyright © 2004 goldensilents.com

To download a vintage bio (with some inaccuracies) on Mabel Normand from "The Blue Book Of The Screen" (1924) please click HERE (277 kb)

Mabel Normand's Silent Films

One Hour Married (1927)
Should Men Walk Home? (1927) .... The girl crook
Anything Once! (1927)
Nickel-Hopper, The (1926) .... Paddy, the nickel hopper
Raggedy Rose (1926) .... Raggedy Rose
Extra Girl, The (1923) .... Sue Graham
Suzanna (1923) .... Suzanna
Oh, Mabel Behave (1922) .... Innkeeper's Daughter
Head Over Heels (1922) .... Tina
Molly O' (1921) .... Molly O'
Pinto (1920) .... Pinto

Mabel Normand in Rosa - goldensilents.com

Mabel Normand in "What Happened To Rosa?" (1920)

What Happened to Rosa? (1920) .... Mayme Ladd/Rosa Alvaro
Slim Princess, The (1920) .... Kalora
Jinx (1919) .... The Jinx
Upstairs (1919) .... Elsie MacFarland
When Doctors Disagree (1919) .... Millie Martin
Pest, The (1919) .... Jigs
Sis Hopkins (1919) .... Sis Hopkins
Perfect 36, A (1918) .... Mabel
Peck's Bad Girl (1918) .... Minnie Penelope Peck

Mabel Normand as Mickey - goldensilents.com

Mabel Normand in her most famous role as "Mickey" (1918)

Mickey (1918) .... Mickey
Back to the Woods (1918/II) .... Stephanie Trent
Venus Model, The (1918) .... Kitty O'Brien
Joan of Plattsburg (1918) .... Joan
Floor Below, The (1918) .... Patricia O'Rourke
Dodging a Million (1918) .... Arabella Flynn
Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916)
... aka Concrete Biscuits (1916) (USA: 8mm release title)
He Did and He Didn't (1916)
Bright Lights (1916)
... aka Lure of Broadway, The (1916)
Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition (1915)
Fatty's New Role (1915)
Mabel and Fatty's Married Life (1915)
Mabel and Fatty's Simple Life (1915)
... aka Fatty and Mabel's Simple Life (1915)
Mabel and Fatty's Wash Day (1915)
Mabel Lost and Won (1915)
Mabel's Wilful Way (1915)
Rum and Wall Paper (1915)
Wished on Mabel (1915)
Stolen Magic (1915)
My Valet (1915) .... Girl
Little Teacher, The (1915) .... The Little Teacher
... aka Small Town Bully, A (1915)
Their Social Splash (1915)
... aka Social Splash (1915) (USA)
That Little Band of Gold (1915) .... Wifey
... aka For Better or Worse (1915)
Mabel, Fatty and the Law (1915) .... Fatty's Wife
... aka Fatty's Spooning Day (1915)
Between Showers (1914)
... aka Charlie and the Umbrella (1914)
... aka Flirts, The (1914)
... aka In Wrong Thunder and Lightning (1914) (USA)
Caught in a Cabaret (1914) .... Mabel
... aka Charlie the Waiter (1914) (USA)
... aka Faking with Society (1914)
... aka Jazz Waiter (1914)
... aka Prime Minister Charlie (1914) (USA)
... aka Waiter, The (1914)
Fatal Mallet, The (1914) .... Mabel
... aka Hit Him Again (1914)
... aka Pile Driver, The (1914)
... aka Rival Suitors, The (1914)
Gambling Rube, A (1914)

Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett - goldensilents.com

Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett circa 1914

Gentlemen of Nerve (1914) .... Mabel
... aka Charlie at the Races (1914)
... aka Some Nerve (1914)
Glimpse of Los Angeles, A (1914)
Hello, Mabel (1914)
Her Friend the Bandit (1914) .... Mabel
... aka Mabel's Flirtation (1914)
... aka Thief Catcher, A (1914)
How Heroes Are Made (1914)
Mabel at the Wheel (1914) .... Mabel
... aka His Daredevil Queen (1914)
... aka Hot Finish, A (1914/II) (USA)
Mabel's Bare Escape (1914)
... aka Mabel's Bear Escape (1914)
Mabel's Latest Prank (1914)
... aka Touch of Rheumatism (1914)
Mabel's New Job (1914)
Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914) .... Mabel
... aka Hotel Mixup (1914)
Mack at It Again (1914)
Missing Bride, A (1914)
Won in a Closet (1914)

Getting Acquainted (1914) .... Ambrose's Wife
... aka Exchange Is No Robbery (1914)
... aka Fair Exchange, A (1914)
... aka Hello Everybody (1914)
Sea Nymphs, The (1914)
... aka His Diving Beauty (1914)
Fatty's Wine Party (1914)
Fatty's Jonah Day (1914)
... aka Fatty's Hoodoo Day (1914) (USA)
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) .... Mabel, his Girl Friend
... aka For the Love of Tillie (1914)
... aka Marie's Millions (1914)
... aka Tillie's Big Romance (1914)
... aka Tillie's Nightmare (1914)
Incompetent Hero, An (1914)
Lovers' Post Office (1914)
Mabel's Blunder (1914) .... Mabel, the office girl
His Trysting Place (1914) .... Mabel, His Wife
... aka Family Home (1914)
... aka Family House (1914)
... aka Henpecked Spouse, The (1914) (USA)
... aka His Trysting Places (1914) (USA)
... aka Ladies' Man, The (1914) (USA)
... aka Very Much Married (1914) (USA)
Those Country Kids (1914)
Mabel's Married Life (1914) .... Mabel
... aka Squarehead, The (1914)
... aka When You're Married (1914)
Mabel's Busy Day (1914) .... Mabel
... aka Charlie and the Sausages (1914)
... aka Hot Dog Charlie (1914)
... aka Hot Dogs (1914)
... aka Love and Lunch (1914)
Alarm, The (1914)
... aka Fireman's Picnic (1914) (USA)
Love, Luck and Gasoline (1914)
Where Hazel Met the Villain (1914)
Film Johnnie, A (1914) .... Mabel
... aka Charlie at the Studio (1914)
... aka Charlie the Actor (1914) (USA)
... aka Film Johnny (1914) (UK)
... aka Million Dollar Job (1914)
... aka Movie Nut (1914)
In the Clutches of the Gang (1914)
Misplaced Foot, A (1914)
Love and Pain (1913)
Mabel's Awful Mistakes (1913)
... aka Her Deceitful Lover (1913)
Mabel's Stormy Love Affair (1913)
Teddy Tetzlaff and Earl Cooper (1913)
Champion, The (1913)
Zuzu, the Band Leader (1913)

Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand - goldensilents.com

Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand

Fatty's Flirtation (1913)
Gusher, The (1913)
Cohen Saves the Flag (1913)
Muddy Romance, A (1913)
... aka Mud Bath, A (1913) (USA)
... aka Muddled in Mud (1913)
Love Sickness at Sea (1913)
Fatty at San Diego (1913) .... Mabel
Speed Kings, The (1913) .... Mabel
Bowling Match, The (1913)
When Dreams Come True (1913)
Faithful Taxicab, The (1913)
... aka Fatal Taxicab, The (1913)
Gypsy Queen, The (1913)
Mabel's Dramatic Career (1913) .... Mabel, the kitchen maid
... aka Her Dramatic Debut (1913)
Mabel's New Hero (1913)
... aka Fatty and the Bathing Beauties (1913) (USA)
Baby Day (1913)
Riot, The (1913)
Professor Bean's Removal (1913)
Love and Courage (1913)
Noise From the Deep, A (1913)
Telltale Light, The (1913)
For the Love of Mabel (1913)
Waiters' Picnic, The (1913)
Hansom Driver, The (1913)
Speed Queen, The (1913)
Passions, He Had Three (1913)
... aka He Had Three (1913) (USA)
Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913) .... Mabel
Foreman of the Jury, The (1913)
Hubby's Job (1913)
Little Hero, A (1913)
That Ragtime Band (1913) .... Mabel
... aka Jazz Band Leader, The (1913) (USA: reissue title)
... aka Jazz Band, The (1913)
Bangville Police, The (1913)
Father's Choice (1913)
Those Good Old Days (1913)
Hide and Seek (1913)
Her New Beau (1913)
On His Wedding Day (1913) .... The Bride
At Twelve O'Clock (1913)
Near to Earth (1913)
Rube and the Baron, The (1913)
Foiling Fickle Father (1913)
Strong Revenge, A (1913)
Rural Third Degree, The (1913)
Sleuths at the Floral Parade, The (1913)
Doctored Affair, A (1913)
Red Hot Romance, A (1913)
Professor's Daughter, The (1913)
Tangled Affair, A (1913)
Mabel's Heroes (1913)
Heinze's Resurrection (1913)
Battle of Who Run, The (1913)
Brothers (1913)
Just Brown's Luck (1913)
For Lizzie's Sake (1913)

Mabel Normand Sheet Music - goldensilents.com

One measure of a star's popularity with the public was how many sheet music covers they could appear on;
Mabel Normand certainly had her share and these sheets always sold well.

Deacon Outwitted, The (1913)
Mistaken Masher, The (1913)
Cure That Failed, The (1913)
Saving Mabel's Dad (1913)
Kings Court (1912)
Race for a Life (1912)
Duel, The (1912/I)
Mabel's Stratagem (1912) .... Mabel
Drummer's Vacation, The (1912)
Mabel's Adventures (1912) .... Mabel
Family Mixup, A (1912)
Midnight Elopement, A (1912)
Brown's Seance (1912)
Pat's Day Off (1912)
Desperate Lover, A (1912)
Mr. Fix-It (1912)
... aka Mr. Fixer (1912)
Rivals, The (1912/I)
Deacon's Troubles, The (1912)
Temperamental Husband, A (1912)
At It Again (1912)
Mabel's Lovers (1912) .... Mabel
At Coney Island (1912)
... aka Cohen at Coney Island (1912)
Grocery Clerk's Romance, The (1912)
Ambitious Butler (1912)
Flirting Husband, The (1912)
Beating He Needed, The (1912)
Pedro's Dilemma (1912)
Stolen Glory (1912)
New Neighbor, The (1912)
Water Nymph, The (1912) .... Diving Venus
Cohen Collects a Debt (1912)
He Must Have a Wife (1912) .... The Girl
Mr. Grouch at the Seashore (1912)
Interrupted Elopement, An (1912) .... Alice, Bob's Sweetheart
Tragedy of the Dress Suit (1912) .... The Heiress
Tourists, The (1912)
What the Doctor Ordered (1912) .... Jenks' Daughter
Dash Through the Clouds, A (1912) .... Martha
New Baby, The (1912)
Katchem Kate (1912) .... Kate
Neighbors (1912) .... First French Family, the Wife
Tomboy Bessie (1912) .... Tomboy Bessie
Helen's Marriage (1912) .... Helen
When Kings Were the Law (1912) .... At Court
Furs, The (1912)
Fickle Spaniard (1912) .... Marcelle
Brave Hunter, The (1912) .... The Woman
Help! Help! (1912) .... Mrs. Suburbanite
Oh, Those Eyes (1912) .... Gladys
Hot Stuff (1912) .... Hank's Sweetheart
Voice from the Deep, A (1912)
Engagement Ring, The (1912) .... Alice
Spanish Dilemma, A (1912) .... The Señorita
Fatal Chocolate, The (1912) .... The City Girl
Mender of Nets, The (1912)
Did Mother Get Her Wish? (1912)
Eternal Mother, The (1912) .... Mary, the Woman
Saved From Herself (1911)
Saved From Himself (1911) .... The Stenographer
Why He Gave Up (1911) .... The Wife
Their First Divorce Case (1911)
Victim of Circumstances, A (1911)
Inventor's Secret, The (1911)
Through His Wife's Picture (1911) .... Wifey
Unveiling, The (1911) .... The Showgirl
Italian Blood (1911)
Making of a Man, The (1911) .... In Second Audience
Her Awakening (1911) .... The Daughter
Revenue Man and the Girl, The (1911)
Squaw's Love, The (1911) .... Wild Flower
Baron, The (1911) .... The Heiress
How Betty Won the School (1911) .... Betty
Diving Girl, The (1911) .... The Niece
Strategy of Ann, The (1911)
Subduing of Mrs. Nag, The (1911) .... Miss Prue, the Stenographer
Two Overcoats (1911)
Changing of Silas Warner, The (1911)
Dead Man's Honor, A (1911)
When a Man's Married His Trouble Begins (1911) .... Mabel, Jack's Wife
His Mother (1911) .... Donald's Fiancee
Picciola; or, The Prison Flower (1911) .... Picciola
Troublesome Secretaries (1911) .... Betty, His Daughter
... aka Troublesome Secretaries; or, How Betty Outwitted Her Father, The (1911) (USA)
Betty Becomes a Maid (1911) .... Betty
Tale of Two Cities, A (1911)
Diamond Star, The (1911) .... Guest at Dinner Party
Over the Garden Wall (1910)
Indiscretions of Betty (1910)

Mabel Normand as Director - Filmography

Wished on Mabel (1915)
Caught in a Cabaret (1914)
... aka Charlie the Waiter (1914) (USA)
... aka Faking with Society (1914)
... aka Jazz Waiter (1914)
... aka Prime Minister Charlie (1914) (USA)
... aka Waiter, The (1914)
Hello, Mabel (1914)
Her Friend the Bandit (1914)
... aka Mabel's Flirtation (1914)
... aka Thief Catcher, A (1914)
Love and Gasoline (1914)
Mabel at the Wheel (1914)
... aka His Daredevil Queen (1914)
... aka Hot Finish, A (1914/II) (USA)
Mabel's Bare Escape (1914)
... aka Mabel's Bear Escape (1914)
Mabel's Latest Prank (1914)
... aka Touch of Rheumatism (1914)
Mabel's New Job (1914)
Mabel's Strange Predicament (1914)
... aka Hotel Mixup (1914)
Won in a Closet (1914)
Mabel's Blunder (1914)
Mabel's Busy Day (1914)
... aka Charlie and the Sausages (1914)
... aka Hot Dog Charlie (1914)
... aka Hot Dogs (1914)
... aka Love and Lunch (1914)
Foiling Fickle Father (1913)

To learn more about Mabel Normand visit her profile on The Internet Movie Database


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