Chester Conklin, 1915. In 1914, Conklin co-starred with Mabel Normand in a series of films. In that same year he appeared in Making a Living, in which Charlie Chaplin made his film debut. He would go on to make more than a dozen films with Chaplin while at Keystone and the two became lifelong friends.
Genius comedian and film pioneer, Mabel Normand was the earliest and most influential of the creative minds at Keystone. She was one of the first movie stars to write, produce, direct, and star in her own films. She helped make Keystone the #1 studio in Hollywood and launched her co-stars into legendary careers. Her impact in the early days of cinema can not be overstated.
"You don't think I READ the paper, do you? But I do like the dictionary--it looks so well among my other books. They are dummies and the dictionary is the only real thing among them. The cook loves to get the correct spelling of the things she makes." -- Mabel Normand
The Mabel Normand Film Company: Silent slapstick filmmaker Mack Sennett moved to Los Angeles in 1913, setting up shop in what is now Echo Park, and began to make short movies starring an upstart comedian named Charlie Chaplin. Three years later, he built a set of soundstages to make movies with his movie star girlfriend, Mabel Normand. Now those Silver Lake soundstages, which became part of the Mack Sennett Studios, are getting a face-lift under new owners.
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On New Year’s Day, 1924, Mabel Normand and friend Edna Purviance were enjoying afternoon cocktails with oilman Courtland S. Dines. For reasons unclear, when Normand’s chauffeur Horace Greer came to pick her up that evening, he became convinced that she was in distress or that the women were being held against their will, and shot Dines three times — with Normand’s pistol. Dines survived the incident, but Normand’s career didn’t; she retired from films and died in 1930, only 37 years old.