Looking for Mabel Normand

Madcap Mabel Normand



Marilyn Slater

Looking for Mabel

August 19, 2011


In the July 1925 Photoplay magazine interview written by Herbert Howe, called "Close-Up & Long Shots" Mabel Normand was described as a “genius” and student of pictures… (She was thought of as a genius, during her life time…)

“God help the star whom children do not love,” said Mabel.  “The day I receive no letters from children I’ll know I am through.”  

For proof of Mabel’s insight consider the way that Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Tom Mix, Doug Fairbanks and yes, Mabel herself were loved by their fans.

Mabel was asked what were the qualities that appeal to children. She explained a star needed to have “HUMOR, DARING and HEART”. 


   Mabel said, “Comedy has the broadest appeal to children” (and also to adults) “especially comedy with heart.  That is why Charlie Chaplin may stay off the screen as long as he likes and yet always return to crowds.  When you see Charlie you don’t just laugh from the throat, you laugh from the heart.”


Thus the wise little Mabel proves the value of what is call “a hearty laugh.”