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NORMA TALMADGE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 112607

NORMA TALMADGE Early photograph of the silent screen star. Photograph signed: "Best wishes/Norma Talmadge". Sepiatone, 5x6¾. Talmadge has signed over the photographer's imprint.

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Condition: slightly creased, slightly soiled
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NORMA TALMADGE
Early photograph of the silent screen star.
Photograph signed: "Best wishes/Norma Talmadge". Sepiatone, 5x6¾. Talmadge has signed over the photographer's imprint. Actress Norma Talmadge (1893-1957) began her film career in the 1910 Vitagraph film, The Household Pest, and she would go on to appear in a number of features for the New York City-based studio before briefly signing with D.W. Griffith, for whom her sister, Constance, was working. In 1916, Talmadge met and married Joseph Schenck, and the two became partners in their own film company. Their studio's first film, Panthea, was a tremendous hit, and the couple moved the production company to Hollywood. Over the next few years, Talmadge would star in several other hits, including The Wonderful Thing (1921), The Eternal Flame (1922) and The Song of Love (1923). By 1928, however, her popularity had begun to wane, and Talmadge was unable to make a successful transition from the silents to "talkies". She divorced Schenck on April 4, 1934 and married George Jessel just nineteen days later. Jessel had a radio show at the time, and Talmadge was added to the cast. When the program did not help her career, she divorced Jessel in 1939. In 1927, Talmadge had accidently begun a tradition when she stepped into wet cement in front of Graumann's Chinese Theater, becoming the first star of many to leave a lasting impression in front of the landmark. Slightly creased at lower right corner. Stray ink marks at left background and cheek of facial image. Tack hole at upper left corner, pinhead-size hole at lower right margin. Slightly soiled. Glue stains on verso (no show through). Overall, fine condition.

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