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Norma Talmadge
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Norma Marie Talmadge

(1894-05-02)May 2, 1894
Died December 24, 1957(1957-12-24) (aged 63)
Resting place Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Nationality American
Education Erasmus Hall High School
Occupation Actress, producer
Years active 1909–30
Joseph M. Schenck
(m. 1916; div. 1934)

George Jessel
(m. 1934; div. 1939)

Carvel James
(m. 1946; her death 1957)
Relatives Natalie Talmadge (sister)
Constance Talmadge (sister)

Norma Talmadge (May 2, 1894 – December 24, 1957) was an American actress and movie producer. She appeared mostly in silent movies and melodramas.

Talmadge was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1894. She had two younger sisters, Natalie and Constance, both of whom also became actresses.

Talmadge started acting in 1909 and appeared in over 100 movies by 1912. Her most famous film was Smilin' Through in 1922. This film became one of the greatest screen romances of the silent film era, it was remade twice, in 1932 with Norma Shearer, and in 1941 with Jeanette MacDonald.

In 1923, a poll of picture exhibitors named Norma Talmadge the number-one box office star. She was earning $10,000 a week, and receiving as many as 3,000 letters weekly from her fans. Her film Secrets (1924), directed by Frank Borzage, marked the peak of her career, with her giving her best performance and receiving the best reviews.

Talmadge married millionaire film producer Joseph M. Schenck and they successfully created their own production company. After reaching fame in the film studios on the East Coast, she moved to Hollywood in 1922.

Talmadge was regarded as one of the most glamorous and elegant movie stars in the roaring twenties. However, by the end of the silent movie era, her popularity with movie audiences declined. She retired a wealthy woman in 1930, at the age of 36.

One of the at least nine theories of the origin of the tradition for celebrities to stamp a hand in Hollywood involves Talmadge. According to it, in 1927, she accidentally stepped into wet concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Talmadge died on December 24, 1957 from pneumonia in Las Vegas at the age of sixty-three.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Norma Talmadge has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.

Talmadge Street in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is named in honor of the silent screen star.

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