Norma Talmadge

Actor
A popular dramatic star of the late 1910s and 1920s, actress Norma Talmadge specialized in weepy society melodramas, and became one of the most popular and financially successful performers of the silent era. After ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1894 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (1)

The Dove 1926 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

A popular dramatic star of the late 1910s and 1920s, actress Norma Talmadge specialized in weepy society melodramas, and became one of the most popular and financially successful performers of the silent era. After receiving her start on the East Coast in "A Tale of Two Cities" (1911) and "The Peacemaker" (1914), Talmadge landed her first starring role in the wartime propaganda picture "The Battle Cry of Peace" (1915). Moving out to California with her mother and two sisters, Constance and Natalie, both of whom went on to their own success as actresses, she made the disastrous "Captivating Mary Costairs" (1915), before joining D.W. Griffith at the Triangle Film Corporation to make a series of movies, including "The Social Secretary" (1917). Back in New York, she met and married producer Joseph Schenck, who acted more as her manager than her husband. With Schenck, Talmadge achieved incalculable success, becoming a major star and independently wealthy in the process, thanks to making films under her own banner, the Norma Talmadge Film Corporation. Sticking mostly to dramas - the few comedies she made were dismissed by fans - Talmadge became one of Hollywood's biggest stars with "The Sign on the Door" (1921), "Smilin' Through" (1922), "Secrets" (1924), and "Camille" (1927). But like many silent performers, she was unable to transition to sound and retired, living the rest of her live in obscurity. Regardless of her quiet exit, Talmadge remained one-half of cinema's most famous sister acts and one of silent Hollywood's most important and successful stars.

Relationships

Carvel James

Husband
married 1946

George Jessel

Husband
married April 23, 1934 divorced 1937

Joseph Schenck

Husband
married 1917 divorced 1934

Fred Talmadge

Father
died 1925

Peg Talmadge

Mother
died 1934

Constance Talmadge

Sister
born March 4, 1898, died November 23, 1973 married married and divorced three times with fourth husband until his death in 1964

Natalie Talmadge

Sister
born 1899, died June 19, 1969 married to Buster Keaton 1921-32

EDUCATION

Erasmus Hall High School

Brooklyn, New York

Milestones

1930

Made only two talkies, "New York Nights" and "Dubarry, Woman of Passion"

1927

Was third star to put her footprints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater

1919

Formed Norma Talmadge Film Company, releasing through First National

1916

Moved from Vitagraph to Triangle/Fine Arts

1915

First starring role, "The Battle Cry of Peace"

1910

Film debut with Vitagraph, "A Four-Footed Pest"

Moved to Brooklyn as a child

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