Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand

 

 

Justine Johnstone lived to be 87 years old, did you know, before Folies-Bergere; before Ziegfeld Follies; before staring with Fred Astaire on the Broadway stage; before marrying Walter Wanger, the director; before being a silent movie actress… Justine Johnstone was a freelance poser working beside her friend, Mabel Normand….

You might know of her when she was using her married name Justine Wanger; becoming an expert in syphilis and helped developed the modern I.V. unit; (introducing the drip technique). Not enough…! She studied at Columbia University, where she studied plants and made contributions in endocrinology and cancer research …she had a laboratory in her house in Hollywood. And people would have called her a ‘has been’!

By

Marilyn Slater

“Looking for Mabel”

May 24, 2013