Wednesday, September 17, 2014
"Va Va Voom" Star of the Day
Onscreen she appeared in a dozen commercially successful films, occasionally writing and directing movies as well as sometimes co-writing and co-directing with Charlie Chaplin in films in which they played the lead roles. At the height of her career in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Normand had her own movie studio and production company.
However her career was rocked with scandal. In 1918, she became heavily involved in alcohol and narcotics. In 1922 another silent film star, William Desmond Taylor, was murdered. On February 1, 1922, at 7:05 pm, Mabel arrived at Taylor's bungalow and was witnessed leaving at about 7:45 pm. She says they blew each other kisses as she left. Moments later, Taylor was found shot in the chest with a single bullet. As she was the last known person to see him alive (and a former mistress), she was heavily questioned, but never considered a suspect. His death is still unsolved.
She is portrayed by Marisa Tomei in the 1992 film Chaplin. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for being a pioneer in motion picture history. It is located at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard.