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Hollywood Memorial

Mabel Normand

Actress who was cast in comedy roles from early on because of her sense of humor and comic timing. It was while she was working for Biograph that she met Mack Sennett under whose direction she would become famous. D. W. Griffith bought the Biograph studios and moved it to Los Angeles. Sennett left Biograph and formed the Keystone Studios (famous for the Keystone Cops movies), taking Mabel with him. Mabel appeared in 50 films that year; moviegoers flocked to see her. She also started making films with ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle and each of the films was a success. She later signed with Samuel Goldwyn at the rate of $3,500 a week, but unfortunately this was the beginning of the end of her career. She was known for her wild parties and addiction to cocaine. When the public learned of her connection to the William Desmond Taylor murder case, she fell out of public favor. By the time the 1920s were coming to a close, Mabel contracted tuberculosis and died at the age of 35. The world lost a great comedienne, a true cinema pioneer, another Hollywood legend and maybe even a murderess at a very young age. Buried in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles.