Mabel Normand

The Life and Career of a Hollywood Madcap, 2d ed.

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About the Book

American silent film actress Mabel Normand (1892–1930) appeared in a string of popular movies opposite stars like Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle before dying of tuberculosis at 37. Her brief but remarkable career—which included directorial and writing credits and heading her own studio and production company—was eclipsed by scandal when police connected her to the unsolved 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor.Tracing her life from humble beginnings on Staten Island to the heights of world superstardom, this book highlights Normand’s substantial yet largely overlooked contributions to film history and popular culture.

About the Author(s)

Timothy Dean Lefler is an author, artist, teacher and co-designer of The Beach Boys Historic Monument in Hawthorne, California. He lives in Rancho Cucamonga.

Bibliographic Details

Timothy Dean Lefler

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 247
Bibliographic Info: 88 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8758-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5039-5
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

From the first edition:

• Winner, Best Biography—Southern California Book Festival

• “Offers a great deal of insight, understanding, and appreciation to one of cinema’s most significant pioneers. Lefler’s book is deep, enlightening, informative, and fulfilling. One of the finest books ever written on an actor or filmmaker…most passionately recommended”—Examiner

• “Very welcome…[this book] has set a new standard”—Silent-ology

• “A worthwhile introduction…a look at the great early comedian”—The Huffington Post/I>

• “The book takes us back to the silent film era and one of its major though short-lived comedy stars…Lefler outlines the basics of her film career from her first “shorts” in 1910 through her final films in 1927”—Communications Booknotes Quarterly