Florence Radinoff and Norma Talmadge

A Lady and Her Maid
R: Bert Angeles. B: Beta Breuil. D: Norma Talmadge, Florence Radinoff, James Morrison, Lillian Walker, Kate Price, Flora Finch. P: Vitagraph Company of America. USA 1913
Print: EYE
Dutch titles
Engl. subtitles

“This is No. 4 in the Belinda Series and, in the first half, it shows only the same qualities that are found in the former pictures; but even this part made laughter. In the middle, it changes and begins to show a real idea. It seemed a pity to us that this should have been treated in just this way, it was worthy of better handling and a comedy was spoiled to make a farce. We find the same players as in the former pictures. Mrs. Breuil is the authoress and Bert Angeles the director.”
Moving Picture World, June 7, 1913

“Norma Talmadge (1894-1957) was one of the handful of true superstars of the silent screen. She was a major box office draw for more than a decade. A specialist in melodrama, her films are seldom revived today, and the often haughty look of her still pictures give little hint of her animated face and sparkling personality.  Norma Talmadge was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, probably in 1893 (though she said 1895 and finally 1897). She grew up with her younger sisters Constance and Natalie and her witty and strong-willed mother Peg — her alcoholic father having more or less abandoned the family. From Erasmus High School she got a job posing for song slides. In 1910, Peg managed to bluff her way into Vitagraph Studio in Flatbush, and Norma was soon graduating from bit parts to featured roles in countless short films through 1915. In that year, she won a major role in Vitagraph’s prestigious feature film The Battle Cry of Peace (1915). Peg figured that Norma was worth more than Vitagraph was willing to pay, so they signed with a new company whose demise left the family stranded in California after only one picture. Deciding it was smarter to aim high, they went to Triangle Corporation, where D.W. Griffith was supervising productions. Norma and Constance were both signed; Norma starred in seven features for Triangle in 1916. By the end of the year, she had met and married Joseph M. Schenck, a self-made millionaire trying to find an entrée into the picture business. He founded the Norma Talmadge Film Corporation, and their first picture, Panthea (1917) was a smash hit, establishing Norma as a first rank star. (…)”
Greta de Groat
Silent Era

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