Norma Talmadge

05/26/1894 - 12/27/1957

Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1894 in Jersey City, New Jersey. She was the eldest of three sisters, all of whom became actors under the guidance of their mother Margaret Talmadge. Talmadge began her film career with the Vitagraph Company in 1910. In 1915, Talmadge and her sister, Constance, joined the National Film Corporation and moved to Hollywood, but this studio only lasted for a single film. They then joined the Triangle Film Corporation. With her first husband, Joseph M. Schenck, Talmadge founded the Norma Talmadge Film Corporation. Over the years, Talmadge made a number of successful films. However, she did not make the transition to sound films very successfully. In 1934, she married George Jessel, a vaudeville actor and comedian. Talmadge died on Dec. 24, 1957.

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