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NORMA TALMADGE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/27/1924 - HFSID 250848

NORMA TALMADGE The actress thanks an Ohio woman for making her Honorary President of an Ohio Correspondence Club. TLS: "Norma Talmadge", 1p, 8½x10¾. Los Angeles, California, 1924 March 27. On letterhead of Joseph M.

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NORMA TALMADGE
The actress thanks an Ohio woman for making her Honorary President of an Ohio Correspondence Club.
TLS: "Norma Talmadge", 1p, 8½x10¾. Los Angeles, California, 1924 March 27. On letterhead of Joseph M. Schenck Motion Picture Enterprises to Miss Constance Riquer, East Cleveland, Ohio. In full: "You don't know how pleased I was with your splendid letter. I was delighted to learn that you girls [word crossed out] formed a Correspondence Club and that you wish to make me Honorary President. I want to send you each and every one my sincerest best wishes. Always yours". Typed Postscript: "P.S. I am enclosing with this an autographed photograph to you." Photograph not present. In 1924, Talmadge starred in two films, Secrets and The Only Woman. 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. Lightly creased with fold, not at signature. ¾-inch separation at blank right margin at mid-horizontal fold, ½-inch tear at left blank margin. Lightly soiled. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at lower margin. Overall, fine condition.

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