Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand


I don’t use the label ‘GENIUS’ without some reservations regarding Mabel Normand as if I use it too often it might sound like hyperbole, an exaggeration and perhaps an overstatement.  However during her lifetime people thought of her that way. 


In 1924, a fan magazine wrote and I quote; “Mabel Normand is a genius – perhaps the most remarkable that ever came to the screen”….”With Mabel Normand, acting bubbles out of her soul like water from a spring.  I don’t believe she gives it much thought.  Also if she gave it much thought, she would hurt her work.  She is at her best when she ‘just does it.’

Marilyn Slater


May 1, 2014