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August 7, 2005 12:26 AM   Subscribe

Norma Talmadge. Silent movie star, now largely forgotten.
posted by plep (6 comments total)

 
I'd hit it...er...not now, she's dead. I mean like if I was alive in the roaring twenties and shit, and we we're dancin' the "lindy" to some dope big-band and she came up and grabbed my package...if it was that kinda' circumstance, yeah...I'd hit it. You bet your ass.
posted by cloudstastemetallic at 1:47 AM on August 7, 2005


And, um, what reason do I have to remember her?
posted by Citizen Premier at 7:51 AM on August 7, 2005


Yeah, well, for one thing, her sister was married to Buster Keaton. Are you a better man than Buster Keaton. No? Then shut yer yap.
posted by Faze at 9:07 AM on August 7, 2005


Good, good post! Silent film stars are often overlooked. My favorite? Olive Thomas, found dead in her hotel room in Paris (clutching bottle of mercury bichloride tablets: how melodramatic, Olive dear!). If you're into this sort of thing, and have a stomach for the trashy, I'd highly suggest you pick up Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon: more silent film scandal than a Keystone Kop can shake his nightstick at.
posted by ford and the prefects at 10:37 AM on August 7, 2005


Hmmm! these two sources don't seem to agree:

Norma Talmadge, Ceremony #2, May 18, 1927

Mann's Chinese Theater (6925 Hollywood Boulevard)
Built by the flamboyant impresario Sid Grauman in 1927 as a lavish setting for premieres and openings, Mann's Theater became the epicentre of Thirties and Forties Hollywood. The practise of leaving foot and handprints in the pavement outside began with starlet Norma Talmadge, who 'accidentally' trod in cement while visiting the construction site with Grauman. She stared a craze, and soon everyone was doing it.

Other places I look say:
Graumann's opened in May 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings. The guidebooks say that it was at that premiere that actress Norma Talmadge stepped in concrete, giving birth to the tradition of celebrities making hand and footprints that people flock here to see although the first prints are listed to be Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks on this list of the celebrities currently immortalized in concrete.
posted by tellurian at 9:08 PM on August 7, 2005


This one drops her altogether:
As the legend goes, preserving the hand and footprints of celebrities in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard began by accident when master showman Sid Grauman accidentally stepped into the wet concrete while the theatre was being constructed.
posted by tellurian at 9:51 PM on August 7, 2005


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