Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand


Lee Dougherty

Marilyn Slater


April 29, 2014


He started in the movies as an actor and was in MY RAGTIME GIRL (American Mutoscope 1899) with his wife and THE POLITICIAN’S LOVE STORY (Biograph 1909). In the 1909 D. W. Griffith film with Lee was Mack Sennett and Florence Lawrence. Later Linda Arvidson (Mrs. Griffith) wrote of Lee as the first publicity department for Biograph.  In “When Movies Were Young” (1925) she wrote as someone entered the studio Lee’s office was right near the front door and it was this feisty, tough, indomitable guy; who created the Biograph Bulletins – single sheet 6x10 - 1908. Linda described him as “a doughty Irishman.”  And in Linda’s book is a photo she labeled as Mabel Normand with Lee Dougherty, Jr. “off duty.”  


“Lillian Gish: A Life on Stage and Screen”
by Stuart Oderman indicates that Lee Dougherty was head of Biograph story department.  It seems the Lee was with the Biograph troupe in January 1910 when it came to California.