Mabel Normand

Silent Film Actress
Born Nov 9, 1893

Mabel Normand 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.… Read More

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1892 Birth Born on November 9, 1892.


1909 16 Years Old 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 manufacturers in lower Manhattan. … Read More
1911 18 Years Old Her quietly effervescent lead performance, while directed by D. W. Griffith in the dramatic 1911 short film Her Awakening, drew attention and she met director Mack Sennett while at Griffith's Biograph Company.
1912 19 Years Old She embarked on a topsy-turvy relationship with him; he later brought her across to California when he founded Keystone Studios in 1912. … Read More


1914 21 Years Old 1 More Event
She played a key role in starting Chaplin's film career and acted as his leading lady and mentor in a string of films in 1914, sometimes co-writing and directing or co-directing films with him. … Read More
1916 23 Years Old She opened her own company in partnership with Mack Sennett 1916. … Read More
1918 25 Years Old She lost the company in 1918 when Triangle experienced a massive shake up which also saw Sennett lose Keystone and establish his own independent studio. … Read More
1922 29 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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 using her pistol. … Read More


1923 30 Years Old 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. … Read More
1924 31 Years Old In 1924, Normand's chauffeur Joe Kelly shot and wounded millionaire oil broker and amateur golfer Courtland S. Dines with her pistol. … Read More
1926 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Normand continued making films and was signed by Hal Roach Studios in 1926 after discussions with director/producer F. … Read More
1930 37 Years Old After an extended stay in Pottenger Sanitorium, she died on February 23, 1930 from tuberculosis in Monrovia, California at the age of 37. … Read More
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