Mabel Normand

The Life and Career of a Hollywood Madcap

$19.99

Only 2 left in stock (can be backordered)

SKU: 9780786478675 Categories: , ,

About the Book

American silent film star Mabel Normand (1892–1930) appeared in a string of popular movies opposite the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle during the 1910s and 1920s, before dying of tuberculosis at age 37. Her brief but remarkable career, which included director and writer credits as well as heading her own studio and production company, was marred by scandal—police connected her to the unsolved 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor—that defined her legacy. This book highlights Normand’s substantial yet long overlooked contributions to film history and popular culture, tracing her life from humble beginnings on Staten Island to the heights of world superstardom.

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 (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 52 photos, filmography, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7867-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2307-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface  1

Introduction  5

1 • Hello Mabel 9

2 • Over the Garden Wall 11

3 • Staten Island Girl 14

4 • Venus Model 17

5 • The Griffith Touch 21

6 • Hide and Seek 31

7 • Keystone Mabel 36

8 • The Fun Factory 42

9 • Mabel at the Wheel 53

10 • Tillie 58

11 • Ice Cream for Breakfast 62

12 • The Clock Strikes 12 69

13 • New Woman 73

14 • Mabel Inc. 79

15 • Goldwyn Girl 89

16 • Mickey 98

17 • Mabelescent 103

18 • Back to Mack 114

19 • Gates of Babylon 120

20 • Different Names 126

21 • Her Story 131

22 • The Edge of Murder 135

23 • Fatal Tales 142

24 • Sail Away 150

25 • To Live Through Pain 155

26 • Final Frames 164

27 • A Tender Goodbye 173

Epilogue  178

Appendix A: Filmography  179

Appendix B: Last Will and Testament of Mabel ­Normand-Cody  205

Appendix C: Transcript of Coroner’s Inquest William Desmond Taylor Murder Case, February 4, 1922  206

Appendix D: Transcript of Mabel Normand’s Testimony at Arraignment of Horace Greer, aka Joseph Kelly, January 22, 1924, Los Angeles Courthouse  212

Chapter Notes  227

Bibliography  238

Index  241

Book Reviews & Awards

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.