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    Telegram and Letter by Mabel Normand. This lot includes a telegram and a letter to Miss Betty Coss, Mabel's secretary. The telegram, dated June 19, 1924, writes "Dear Betty Don't be a baby and come tomorrow morning and lets [sic] talk things over... do not think at this time should take any offense at whatever I said will expect you in the morning it is very urgent," and signed "M Normand." The letter, written in hand by Mabel, asks Betty if she remembers the terms offered Mabel for a job with "Consolidate" studio, regarding a salary and percentage deal and whether she'd have to work on Sundays, a brief response to which is written by Coss on the back in pencil, in which she hints for more pay and better hours from Normand. The note mentions Paul Bern, and that since Bern could not remember the proposed terms, he had suggested that Mabel ask Betty. Mabel ends with "Thanks so much we miss you M Normand." Handwritten note is tattered on the right margin. The correspondence suggests a rift had taken place between the star and her secretary -- indeed, Betty Coss had left Mabel's employ after the stormy repercussions of the star's various personal problems. These are intriguing curiosities from a time that Mabel was fighting to revive her scandal-wracked career.

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