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Norma Talmadge Room

Dedicated to the three Talmadge sisters, Norma, Constance and Natalie. The Talmadge is a bright cheerful room with a dual king bed. It features lovely authentic antiques which add to its beauty. The colors are apricot, orange to yellow tones with green accents. This sunny, cheerful room is a favorite of many guests who return regularly for its sunny disposition and restful atmosphere. As in all Pickford House rooms, robes wait in the beautiful antique armoire for your comfort.

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 Norma Talmage Room

Short Bio

October 30, 1920

EXCLUSIVE TO THE "PICTURE SHOW."
For the first time the romantic life story of Norma, Natalie, and Constance Talmadge has been written and will appear exclusively in the "Picture Sow." The early struggles of these girls, before they were stars, make most fascinating reading, especially as they have recently visited Great Britain.

THE EDITOR

Read this first.
A wee little mite gave a rendering of "Sunshine in Paradise Alley" one afternoon at a seaside hotel. The singing was out of tune, but nevertheless, sweet. This was the debut in public of Norma Talmadge. Years after, when she and her two sisters, Natalie and Constance, were schoolchildren, the three girls gave a performance for their mother, Peg, and some friends, of a small play. Norma's acting was so remarkable that her audience predicted a brilliant future for her. And they were not far wrong! When Norma was nearly fifteen she applied at the Vitagraph Studio, and was taken on as an "extra." After a year at the studio, in which she got very disheartened, Norma was given a chance. She gave a wonderful rehearsal of her part before her sister Constance.

Norma makes good.

After the bedroom rehearsal with Constance as her only audience, Norma slept well. The next morning she went to the studio as usual. She was feeling nervous and yet hopeful. Young as she was, she had the true artist's secret confidence in her own powers. Deep down in her heart, she felt that, given her chance, she could make good. And now her chance had come. She had a real part.

But there was always the risk of failure. Something might go wrong. A thousand and one things might happen to prevent her from making just the impression she wanted to make, and which she knew she could make if all went well. So she was anxious and conscious of a certain mental strain as she entered the studio. She was quite at home there now, and had many friends, but she was still looked upon as a beginner, just one in the crowd.

To-day she conversed little with her associates, but stood apart, pre-occupied with her own thoughts. She had to wait some time, for the big scene of the play was being taken first, and in this she does not appear. The scene gave some trouble. For some reason or other, the lady who took the leading part was in a bad humour and nothing went right. The scene was taken over and over again, and the producer was almost driven to despair.

"Now, Miss Talmadge!"

Norma was startled by the sudden mention of her name. Mr. Wilmore's voice was unusually sharp. ...read more


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