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Norma Talmadge (1894–1957)

Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her mother, Peggy, took in laundry to help make ends ... See full bio »

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Known For

Camille Marguerite Gautier (Camille)
The Probation Wife Josephine Mowbray
Smilin' Through Kathleen / Moonyeen
New York Nights Jill Deverne


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 1930 Du Barry, Woman of Passion
Madame Du Barry
 1929 New York Nights
Jill Deverne
 1928 Show People
Norma Talmage (uncredited)
 1928 The Woman Disputed
Mary Ann Wagner
 1927 The Dove
 1926/I Camille
Marguerite Gautier (Camille)
 1926 Kiki
 1925 Graustark
Princess Yetive
 1925 The Lady
Polly Pearl
 1924 The Only Woman
Helen Brinsley
 1924 Secrets
Mary Carlton
 1923 The Song of Love
 1923 Ashes of Vengeance
Yolande de Breux
 1923 Within the Law
Mary Turner
 1923 The Voice from the Minaret
Lady Adrienne Carlyle
 1922 The Eternal Flame
Duchesse de Langeais
 1922 Smilin' Through
Kathleen / Moonyeen
 1921/I Love's Redemption
Jennie Dobson (aka Ginger)
 1921 The Wonderful Thing
Jacqueline Laurentine Boggs
 1921 The Sign on the Door
Ann Hunniwell / Mrs. 'Lafe' Regan
 1921 Passion Flower
Acacia - The Passion Flower
 1920 The Branded Woman
Ruth Sawyer
 1920 Yes or No
Margaret Vane / Minnie Berry
 1920 The Woman Gives
Inga Sonderson
 1920 She Loves and Lies
Marie Callender, aka Marie Max and June Dayne
 1920 A Daughter of Two Worlds
Jennie Malone
 1919 The Isle of Conquest
Ethel Harmon
 1919 The Way of a Woman
Nancy Lee
 1919 The Probation Wife
Josephine Mowbray
 1919 The New Moon
Princess Marie Pavlovna
 1919 The Heart of Wetona
 1918 The Forbidden City
San San / Toy
 1918 Her Only Way
Lucille Westbrook
 1918 The Safety Curtain
 1918 De Luxe Annie
Julie Kendal (De Luxe Annie II)
 1918 By Right of Purchase
Margot Hughes
 1918 The Ghosts of Yesterday
Ruth Graham / Jeanne La Fleur
 1917 The Secret of the Storm Country
Tess Skinner
 1917 The Moth
Lucy Gillam
 1917 Poppy
Poppy Destinn
 1917 The Law of Compensation
Flora Graham / Ruth Graham
 1917 Panthea
Panthea Romoff
 1916/I Fifty-Fifty
Naomi Harmon
 1916 The Social Secretary
 1916 The Devil's Needle
Renee Duprez
 1916 Going Straight
Grace Remington
 1916 Martha's Vindication
 1916 The Missing Links
Myra Holburn
 1915 The Crown Prince's Double
Shirley Rives
 1915 The Battle Cry of Peace
Virginia Vandergriff
 1915 Captivating Mary Carstairs
Mary Carstairs
 1915 The Criminal (Short)
Nell Wells
 1915 A Pillar of Flame (Short)
Madeline Danby / Vashti Vetsera
 1915 Elsa's Brother (Short)
Elsa Smardon
 1915 Janet of the Chorus (Short)
Janet Carey
 1915 A Daughter's Strange Inheritance (Short)
Mlle. Lucille / Margaret - Her daughter
 1915 The Barrier of Faith (Short)
Rose, Their Daughter
 1915 A Daughter of Israel (Short)
Mother Who Abandons Child / Olga, The Child Grown Up
 1914/I A Question of Clothes (Short)
 1914 Sunshine and Shadows (Short)
Edna Thompson
 1914 The Curing of Myra May (Short)
Myra May
 1914 Goodbye Summer (Short)
Valerie Sperry - the Wife
 1914 The Mill of Life (Short)
 1914/I Under False Colors (Short)
Marie - the Maid
 1914 The Peacemaker (Short)
Minnie Lee
 1914 The Loan Shark King (Short)
Helen Hartman
 1914 Politics and the Press (Short)
Nettie - Elijah's Niece
 1914 The Hidden Letters (Short)
Madge Hardy
 1914 Memories in Men's Souls (Short)
Eleanor Emmons
 1914 John Rance, Gentleman (Short)
Lesbia Vane
 1914 Fogg's Millions (Short)
Grace Marvin - the Wife
 1914 A Wayward Daughter (Short)
Betty Weston
 1914 The Right of Way (Short)
Ray Radford
 1914 Miser Murray's Wedding Present (Short)
Marion Murray
 1914 Cupid Versus Money (Short)
Mary Drew
 1914 A Helpful Sisterhood (Short)
 1914 Old Reliable (Short)
Doris Wray - Daniel's Daughter
 1914 The Sacrifice of Kathleen (Short)
Kathleen - the Slavey
 1914 The Hero (Short)
 1914 Iron and Steel (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1914 His Little Page (Short)
Peggy Rainsworth
 1914 Sawdust and Salome (Short)
Mary - a Circus Rider
 1914 The Vavasour Ball (Short)
The Dramatist's Wife
 1914 Officer John Donovan (Short)
 1913 The Honorable Algernon (Short)
Angela - Algernon's Fiancee
 1913 The Blue Rose (Short)
Agnes Keith - Matthew's Daughter
 1913 Fanny's Conspiracy (Short)
The Wife
 1913 An Elopement at Home (Short)
Mabel - the Judge's Daughter
 1913 His Silver Bachelorhood (Short)
Grace Dare
 1913 Peggy's Burglar (Short)
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
 1913 Father's Hatband (Short)
Doris Mason - the Daughter
 1913 The Doctor's Secret (Short)
 1913 Under the Daisies; or, As a Tale That Is Told (Short)
Viola Martin
 1913/I The Other Woman (Short)
Alice - John's Wife
 1913 Extremities (Short)
 1913 The Kiss of Retribution (Short)
Edgar's Country Sweetheart
 1913 He Fell in Love with His Mother-in-Law (Short)
The Wife
 1913 Keeping Husbands Home (Short)
The Maid
 1913 The Tables Turned (Short)
Marie - Aunt Mary's Niece
 1913 An Old Man's Love Story (Short)
Ethel Marsham
 1913 O'Hara as a Guardian Angel (Short)
Aileen O'Grady - Tom's Wife
 1913 Solitaires (Short)
 1913 Count Barber (Short)
 1913 'Arriet's Baby (Short)
'Arriet Rogers
 1913 The Silver Cigarette Case (Short)
 1913 The Midget's Revenge (Short)
 1913 A Lady and Her Maid (Short)
 1913 Vampire of the Desert (Short)
Ethel - Derrick's Fiancée
 1913 Omens and Oracles (Short)
 1913 O'Hara and the Youthful Prodigal (Short)
Aileen O'Hara - Denis's Daughter
 1913 Sleuthing (Short)
 1913 Wanted, a Strong Hand (Short)
Annie, Mr. Bahr's Daughter
 1913 Let 'Em Quarrel (Short)
Margaret - Maude's Friend
 1913 Getting Up a Practice (Short)
 1913 O'Hara's Godchild (Short)
 1913 Just Show People (Short)
Rosa, Piquet's Wife
 1913 Stenographer Troubles (Short)
A Typist
 1913/II Everybody's Doing It (Short)
The Stenographer
 1913 O'Hara Helps Cupid (Short)
Aileen O'Hara
 1913 Casey at the Bat (Short)
 1912 O'Hara, Squatter and Philosopher (Short)
 1912 The Model for St. John (Short)
 1912 Captain Barnacle, Reformer (Short)
Ruth - Captain Bunce's Daughter
 1912 His Official Appointment (Short)
The Secretary of State's Daughter
 1912/I Faithful Unto Death (Short)
The Younger Sister
 1912 Father's Hot Toddy (Short)
First Daughter
 1912 Bobby's Father (Short)
Jane Ramsay - Bobby's Mother
 1912 Captain Barnacle's Waif (Short)
Ruth - Captain Barnacle's Daughter
 1912 A Fortune in a Teacup (Short)
Mabel Brown - Walter's Sister
 1912 The Higher Mercy (Short)
 1912 Mr. Butler Buttles (Short)
 1912 The Lovesick Maidens of Cuddleton (Short)
One of the Lovesick Maidens
 1912 Wanted... a Grandmother (Short)
 1912 The Troublesome Step-Daughters (Short)
A Step-Daughter
 1912 The Extension Table (Short)
Ethel Brian, later John's Wife
 1912 Fortunes of a Composer (Short)
The Musician's Daughter
 1912 Counsel for the Defense (Short)
The Maid
 1912 Mrs. 'Enry 'Awkins (Short)
Liza - Mrs. 'Enry 'Awkins
 1912 Mrs. Carter's Necklace (Short)
 1912 The First Violin (Short)
 1912 The Meeting of the Ways (Short)
The Maid
 1912 A Romance of Wall Street (Short)
 1911 His Last Cent (Short)
 1911 Her Hero (Short)
 1911 The Child Crusoes (Short)
 1911 The Thumb Print (Short)
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1911 The General's Daughter (Short)
 1911 The Sky Pilot (Short)
 1911 The Stumbling Block (Short)
 1911 The Wild Cat Well (Short)
 1911 A Tale of Two Cities (Short)
Mimi - Woman on the Way to Guillotine
 1910 In Neighboring Kingdoms (Short)
 1910 A Dixie Mother (Short)
 1910 Francesca da Rimini (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1910/I Uncle Tom's Cabin (Short)
 1910 Love of Chrysanthemum (Short)
 1910 A Broken Spell (Short)
Show Show Producer (25 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Self (11 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)

Personal Details

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(1937-38) Radio: Regular cast member (as herself) on "The George Jessel Show". Married to Jessel at the time, she was added to the show, which debuted in 1934, to bolster its sagging ratings. Ratings continued to slide, however, and the show was canceled at the end of the season--and with it Talmadge's hope of reviving her ... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 52 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 4" (1.63 m)


Dr. Carvel Musser James  (her death) | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on the type of roles she would like to play] Women who have some definite meaning in their lives... fire in their souls and true, wholesome romance in their hearts... not the last word in nobility, nor steeped in scarlet sins, but good enough to be real. See more »


Daughter of Margaret Talmadge, the prototypical Hollywood stage mother. See more »

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