Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand

The Hollywood Museum at the "Old Max Factor" Building on Highland & Hollywood

January 9, 2012

Richard Scroggins with Me at the personal tour of the Exhibition



photo by Kay Shackleton 2013


Mabel Normand with Max Factor in lobby of the Museum, here she is in "Anything Once" (Hal Roach 1926)




100th Anniversary Exhibit

(1913 – 2000)


Marilyn Slater

“Looking for Mabel”

January 4, 2013


Beginning Jan 9, 2013. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building located at 1660 N. Highland Ave. at the south east corner of Hollywood Blvd. will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Loretta Young, the movie star and fashion icon of the 20th Century. The PRWeb post regarding the Exhibit reports that the Loretta Young Centennial Exhibit will run though April 28, 2013…She is truly beautiful and although I can’t agree with Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum,  that “Loretta Young was the first Max Factor makeup model” as she first appeared in print ads in the 1930s, we know that Mac Factor had started to work with the movie makeup by 1914 and the endorsements of the film community was part of advertising for a fee of a dollar, the ads promoted the stars film during the 1920s.  Mabel Normand was used in print advertisements for “ANYTHING ONCE” (Hal Roach 1926).


Loretta Young’s career covered over seventy years; winning an Oscar and 3 Emmy.  She began in the Silents Era, by the Golden Age she was a romantic leads winning her Oscar for her FRAMER’S DAUGHTER and in the Television Age, she won her 3 Emmy for the NBC ‘THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW’.




The exhibit will included material from a number of collectors: L. Richard Scroggins (my friend), Dewey R. Bennett, Charlotte Braitsch, Michael Clark, John Davey, Joseph DaVino, James de Menna, Molly Durkin, Darlene Eastman, Roger Freeman, Edward J. Funk, Leonard Flory, Francisco George, Grayce Gottlieb, Hagley Museum (Avon Products), John Howe & Will Willford III, Salvador Iglesias, Jr., Nicholas Inglis, Alice Weil Judelson, Christopher & Linda Lewis, Peter & Corin Lewis, Father Vincent Lopez, Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin, David Mason, Karen Noske, Patricia Gottlieb Oygar, Palm Springs Historical Society, Danniel Rangel, Manuel Saleta, Jr., Diana Schafer, Joanna Smith, Betty Jane Tornstrom, Susanna Van Tassel, and Tom White.


Much of the material has never been seen before the items come from not only the above collectors but also from family and personal friends. Her correspondence; yes, the love letters from Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable will be there along with photographs, contracts, documents, her personal wardrobe, costumes and home movies.  Her husband, Jean Louis, costume designs glamorous costumes will be displayed. As you know, Jean Louis was the designer for super stars like Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Julie Andrews and Marilyn Monroe and was an Oscar winner, himself.


In February, Timeless Media Group will release the Loretta Young Show: Best of The Complete Series - on DVD. bonus features will include interviews with Young’s children, rare family home movies and a featurette of Young discussing her career.