Norma Talmadge

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Norma Marie Talmadge (May 2, 1894 – December 24, 1957) was an American actress and film producer of the silent era.wikipedia
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Constance Talmadge

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Her younger sister Constance Talmadge was also a movie star. She had two younger sisters, Natalie and Constance, both of whom also became actresses.
She was the sister of actresses Norma and Natalie Talmadge.

The Lady (1925 film)

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A specialist in melodrama, her most famous film was Smilin’ Through (1922), but she also scored artistic triumphs teamed with director Frank Borzage in Secrets (1924) and The Lady (1925).
The Lady is a 1925 American silent drama film starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Frank Borzage.

Smilin' Through (1922 film)

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A specialist in melodrama, her most famous film was Smilin’ Through (1922), but she also scored artistic triumphs teamed with director Frank Borzage in Secrets (1924) and The Lady (1925).
The film starred Norma Talmadge, Harrison Ford, and Wyndham Standing.

Secrets (1924 film)

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A specialist in melodrama, her most famous film was Smilin’ Through (1922), but she also scored artistic triumphs teamed with director Frank Borzage in Secrets (1924) and The Lady (1925).
Norma Talmadge as Mary Carlton

Natalie Talmadge

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She had two younger sisters, Natalie and Constance, both of whom also became actresses.
Natalie Talmadge (April 29, 1896 – June 19, 1969) was an American silent film actress who was best known as the wife of Buster Keaton, and sister of her movie star siblings, Norma and Constance Talmadge.

Vitagraph Studios

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Mother and daughter traveled to the Vitagraph Studios in Flatbush, New York, just a streetcar ride from her home.
Major stars included Florence Turner (the Vitagraph Girl, one of the world's first movie stars), Maurice Costello (the first of the matinee idols), Harry T. Morey, Jean (the Vitagraph Dog and the first animal star of the Silent Era) and such future stars as Helen Hayes, Viola Dana, Dolores Costello, Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge, and Moe Howard.

Antonio Moreno

That same year, she was assigned to Van Dyke Brooke's acting unit, and throughout 1913 and 1914, appeared in more films, frequently with Antonio Moreno as her leading man.
In 1914 Moreno began co-starring in a series of highly successful serials at Vitagraph opposite popular silent film actress Norma Talmadge.

Roaring Twenties

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Talmadge was one of the most elegant and glamorous film stars of the Roaring '20s.
The period had the emergence of box-office draws such as Mae Murray, Ramón Novarro, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Warner Baxter, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Bebe Daniels, Billie Dove, Dorothy Mackaill, Mary Astor, Nancy Carroll, Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, William Haines, Conrad Nagel, John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Dolores del Río, Norma Talmadge, Colleen Moore, Nita Naldi, John Barrymore, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Anna May Wong, and Al Jolson.

Anita Loos

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For eight months, she starred in seven features for Triangle, including the comedy The Social Secretary (1916), a comedy written by Anita Loos and directed by John Emerson, that gave her an opportunity to disguise her beauty as a girl trying to avoid the unwelcome attentions of her male employers.
Loos and Emerson turned down another picture with Davies, preferring to write for their old friend Constance Talmadge, whose brother-in-law Joseph Schenck (husband of Norma Talmadge) was an independent producer.

A Tale of Two Cities (1911 film)

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Her first real success came with Vitagraph's three-reel adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities (1911), in which she played the small role of the unnamed seamstress who accompanies Sidney Carton to the guillotine.
Norma Talmadge as The Seamstress

Joseph M. Schenck

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Talmadge married millionaire film producer Joseph Schenck and they successfully created their own production company.
In 1916, through his involvement in the film business, Joseph Schenck met and married Norma Talmadge, a top young star with Vitagraph Studios.

Beta Breuil

However, scenario editor Beta Breuil, attracted by Talmadge's beauty, arranged a small part for her as a young girl who is kissed under a photographer's cloth in The Household Pest (1909).
One such person was Norma Talmadge, an actress who went on to star in a series of films written by Breuil called Belinda, the Slavey; Sleuthing; and A Lady and Her Maid.

Erich von Stroheim

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Talmadge's first film for her studio, the now lost Panthea, (1917) was directed by Allan Dwan with assistants Erich von Stroheim and Arthur Rosson.

United Artists

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In 1924, Schenck had moved over to head United Artists, but Talmadge still had a distribution contract with First National.
He had produced pictures for a decade, and brought commitments for films starring his wife, Norma Talmadge, his sister-in-law, Constance Talmadge, and his brother-in-law, Buster Keaton.

Gilbert Roland

During filming, Talmadge fell in love with leading man Gilbert Roland.
In 1926, he played Armand in Camille opposite Norma Talmadge, with whom he was romantically involved, and they starred together in several productions.

Kiki (1926 film)

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She continued to make successful films such as The Lady (1925) directed by Frank Borzage and the romantic comedy Kiki (1926) directed by Clarence Brown, remade later by Mary Pickford as a sound film in 1931.
Kiki is a 1926 silent romantic comedy film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Norma Talmadge and Ronald Colman.

The Woman Disputed

Her first films for this studio, The Dove (1927) and The Woman Disputed (1928), were box-office failures and ended up being her last silent movies.
Norma Talmadge stars as a good-hearted Austrian prostitute drawn into a romantic triangle on the eve of World War I.

Illustrated song

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After telling her mother about a classmate from Erasmus Hall High School who modeled for popular illustrated song slides (which were often shown before the one-reeler in movie theaters so the audience could sing along), Mrs. Talmadge decided to locate the photographer.
These stars included Roscoe Arbuckle, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, George Jessel, Alice Joyce, Florence Lawrence, and Norma Talmadge.

Du Barry, Woman of Passion

Talmadge next took on the role of Madame du Barry in the 1930 film Du Barry, Woman of Passion.
Du Barry, Woman of Passion is a 1930 American Pre-Code dramatic film starring Norma Talmadge, produced by her husband Joseph Schenck, released through United Artists, and based on a 1901 stage play Du Barry written and produced by David Belasco and starring Mrs. Leslie Carter.

The Dove (1927 film)

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Her first films for this studio, The Dove (1927) and The Woman Disputed (1928), were box-office failures and ended up being her last silent movies.
The Dove is a 1927 American silent romantic drama film directed by Roland West based on a 1925 Broadway play by Willard Mack and starring Norma Talmadge, Noah Beery, and Gilbert Roland.

Eugene O'Brien (actor)

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Under Schenck's personal supervision, other films followed, including Poppy (1917), in which, she was paired with Eugene O'Brien.
Subsequently, he was leading man opposite some of the leading female stars of the day, including Mary Pickford, Norma Talmadge and Gloria Swanson and became a silent screen matinée idol.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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According to it, in 1927, she accidentally stepped into wet concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.
The theater's official account credits Norma Talmadge as having inspired the tradition when she accidentally stepped into the wet concrete.

Erasmus Hall High School

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After telling her mother about a classmate from Erasmus Hall High School who modeled for popular illustrated song slides (which were often shown before the one-reeler in movie theaters so the audience could sing along), Mrs. Talmadge decided to locate the photographer.
Norma Talmadge (1911); silent film actress.

Kiki (1931 film)

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She continued to make successful films such as The Lady (1925) directed by Frank Borzage and the romantic comedy Kiki (1926) directed by Clarence Brown, remade later by Mary Pickford as a sound film in 1931.
The film is a remake of the 1926 version starring Norma Talmadge.

Mary Pickford

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She continued to make successful films such as The Lady (1925) directed by Frank Borzage and the romantic comedy Kiki (1926) directed by Clarence Brown, remade later by Mary Pickford as a sound film in 1931. The teaming was such a hit, they made 10 more films together, including The Moth, and The Secret of the Storm Country, a sequel to Tess of the Storm Country (1914), starring Mary Pickford.
On March 29, 1928, The Dodge Brothers Hour was broadcast from Pickford's bungalow, featuring Fairbanks, Chaplin, Norma Talmadge, Gloria Swanson, John Barrymore, D.W. Griffith, and Dolores del Rio, among others.