Mabel Normand Signed Photograph, Autographed in the Wake of the William Desmond Taylor Murder Scandal. 8" x 10" matte finish portrait of legendary silent screen star Mabel Normand, inscribed "To Mr. J. Thompson Willing Sincerely Mabel Normand June-1922-." Winsome pose presents Normand wearing a straw hat and smiling charmingly at the camera. Normand is a major name in 1920s Hollywood lore, for a variety of reasons - her love affair with Mack Sennett, her reputedly "wild parties" and cocaine addiction, her infamy as a suspect in the William Desmond Taylor murder, her career downfall as the public turned against her and her early death from tuberculosis in 1930 at the age of only 37. Yet she was primarily a triple-threat star/director/writer who was one of the cinema's most endearing all-time great comedy talents. This very rare photo, signed four months after Taylor's murder, is set inside a wide-margin border and movingly captures both Mabel Normand's comic appeal and, in her eyes, a sense of tragedy. Excellent condition. With COA from PSA/DNA.

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