Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand

 

I am a new member of The Masquers, the new members were inducted at a ceremony Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Solo Tapas on Hollywood Blvd. The oath I took started with “I swear by THESPIS” and  … “I will live my life and practice my art with decency and fairness; and I will revere the memory of those Masquers who have taken their final curtain.  Whatever I may see or hear in the lives of men which ought not to be spoken abroad, I will not divulge.  I will not envy a colleague greater success than my own.  I will not betray a brother Masquer”. Our motto is, “We Laugh To Win!”

 

One of our goals is promoting the remembrance and career of those who helped bring joy and laughter to the public.  Of course, enhancing the memory of many of whose contributions that have been forgotten or myths have grown up around their reputations sadly negative and undeserved. We promote their “memories and the accomplishments in a positive light.”  

 

I have a special interest in promoting Mabel Normand and inscribed on the plaque which was placed on Stage 2 at the old Republic Studio ten years after her death in 1940, “MABEL NORMAND, may we never forget her – a great soul who pioneered and gave purpose to the early motion picture through this new art she brought laughter and beauty otherwise denied millions burdened with despair and drabness”   

 

 

 

“Thespis invented acting in the Western world, and that prior to his performances, no one had ever assumed the resemblance of another person for the purpose of storytelling. In fact, Thespis is the first known actor in written plays. He may thus have had a substantial role in changing the way stories were told and inventing theater as we know it today. In reverence to Thespis, actors in the English-speaking part of the world have been referred to as thespians.”