MABEL NORMAND - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 275011
Sale Price $1,615.00
THE ACTRESS, WHO WAS RELEASED FROM GOOD SAMARITAN HOPSITAL, WRITES AN EMOTIONAL LETTER ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES WITH HER NEW DOCTORS AND HOSPITAL LIFE (INCLUDING OBSERVING NEW MOTHERS WITH THEIR BABIES) TO HER PHYSICIAN, WHO WAS AWAY ON A CRUISE AND GREATLY MISSED BY HIS PATIENT
MABEL NORMAND. ALS: "Mabel" in pencil on page 15, 15p, 8½x7, separate sheets. No place, no date. On Western Union Telegram forms to "Dear understanding Dr Fulton", her physician, Dudley Fulton. In full, as written: "I have wanted to write you a letter ever since I left the Good Samartian, but unfortunately, you were doing one of those old south sea's trip only the other direction [two words crossed out] Alaska - so today I decided I would call your old red bearded secretary where I could reach you - all the time knowing [word crossed out] it was impossible she was most polite and I told her I would write the office and she was kind enough to say it would be posted on to your destition (sic, destination) (Confido in Domino) Why did you leave? Ever [one line and four words crossed out] Dr Cochnan left next also next but not before I had him do something attented to which I hope, You will approve of - all, which were three, the very black one on my [word crossed out] back shoulder I had removed, they are [word crossed out] quite ugly and desspressing (sic, depressing) to look at now (moles) the other two are only told in confidence to one's own physician - but good lord of course you will always be my beloved Dr Fulton but I do admire Dr Cochnan - [one line regarding to her hoping she is spelling his name correctly is crossed out] He was just an old peach and worried, so about, your daughter - why he's a darling - but you are such a tremendous sympathetic darling that just has patience and always understands - now when Dr. Cocknan left to go hikeing (sic) with his two boys he said oh do be nice to Dr Stevens he is to take charge of you - well that didn't matter much but good [word crossed out] lord when I saw Dr. Stevens in the morning with [word crossed out] his proasic way of saying (good morning) etc. almost like (Yes we have no bananas and he really I must say is most efficient as one great physician like you all [word crossed out] say to one another If he had only a beard or looked liked (sic) Santa Claus he would have been most welcome, but that stiff personality as if (what color flowers Madame you will die) in three hours so I was most [illegible] and I do feel dreadful now because many said he had a ["nurse" written and circled above] dreadful [illegible] and was most [illegible] that morning but it was really a 60 - 40 break - I didnt look good to him that morning as I wasnt all beautiful like his previous patients, and I replied to all of his questions like a stupid imbecile, my opinion of the way he impressed me I [word crossed out] think leaving it until your return would be more satisfactory oh, Dr Cockran had Dr. Coke look at me the evening he left and hence the daylight brought Dr Stevens, but thank goodness Dr Stevens had this tremendous boil because he was unable to come and I had Dr Coke - He is most delightful and has more of a Dr Cockran personality than yours, but to me God only made one Dr Dudley Fulton, so my opinions of the rest I could write in one a little sentence of french - but I'll keep that also until I see They were perfectly marvelous to me at the hospital, why Dr Fulton when I go for that operation I'll need a suite everyone sent flowers - why some mornings I really awakened with the idea I had passed on (one should use that expression now its quite correct with bootleggers and Miss [word crossed out] and what is the night supt name just made me feel like a great baby - and everyone I knew sent me food including the old household so I can neither [word crossed out] appreciate or condemn the old cooking there. At your hostipal (sic, hospital) where you are so beloved, Dr Coke [word crossed out] stops by and changes my bandages in the morning but I do have dreadful painful nights, I wish you were home tho I hope you have a wonderful trip [illegible] my beloved Dr. Fulton needs oh at the hospital Miss Morphy or some name like that, no she wasn't the one who came in every morning to say 'Hello' but the night supt took me down and saw all [two words crossed out] brand new babies Dr Fulton with little [word crossed out] strings of beads on ther neck's you know [word crossed out] those beads meant, who they belonged too (sic) and that supt woman will never know how grateful I was or what I learned that night - [word crossed out] Art is long life is short - but the difference in the women who had their first baby - and those who have had one or two previous the expressions were so utterly different - and I watched those with their first baby so closely - how exacting [words crossed out] they were - the others their expressions were sort of matter of fact It rather hurt me because Dr Fulton in our profession one cannot have that happiness and success [word crossed out] one fights and thinks of to long perhaps we lose the courage to be like those lovely young mothers who taught me a great lesson, and their sincereness in loving something thats part of them will make a tremendous difference in my work - They are happy - babies - may be more I have my work so we cant have everything I'm a bit discouraged I wish you were home Affectionately to my only Dr Fuller". Normand has written and circled page numbers at the upper portion of each sheet. The actress, who had been suffering from both physical and emotional distress, had no children. She had obviously bonded with Dr. Fulton, writing this extremely intimate and moving letter to him while wishing he was there to attend to her in person. Mabel Normand (1892-1930) was a model for artist Charles Dana Gibson (a "Gibson girl"). She entered films during an affair with director Mack Sennett, but soon proved she had the talent to justify the casting. Normand became the top female comedian of the silent era, starring opposite Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle. Drug and alcohol problems, plus a series of scandals - at least two involving homicides, seriously hurt her career. Normand's relationship with Sennett was the subject of Broadway's Mack and Mabel (1974), with Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters cast as the lovers. Lightly creased with folds. "Signature" written in unknown hand above Normand's signature on last page. A piece of tape has been affixed at lower right margin, touching the "abel" of signature; another piece of tape at lower right margin of first page, which is marked "P1" in unknown hand. Lightly soiled. Paper clip rust staiin at upper left margin of first page. Most pages are lightly chipped at edges, some minor tears at blank margins. Overall, fair condition but interesting and moving.
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