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Mabel Normand

Mabel Normand
Personal information
Birth nameAmabel Ethelreid Normand
Birth dateNovember 09, 1892
Place of birthNew Brighton, Staten Island, U.S.
Date of deathFebruary 23, 1930(age 37)
Death placeMonrovia, California, U.S.
Other namesMabel Normand-Cody
OccupationActor, comedian, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1910 1927
SpouseLew Cody (1926 1930)

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Mabel Normand (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 Charlie 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.

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