Saturday, April 23, 2022

Imagine That

One of my favorite new “Norma” scenarios from the Mineralava tour, was the press description of Valentino and Rambova dancing at the reception held for them after the Toronto pageant and performance.

They literally met the local contestants and their families, danced to their own orchestra who set up in a hotel ballroom and mingled until midnight. Imagine that kind of one-on-one interaction with celebrities today.

The pageant in Toronto was Norma's first taste of fame and it appears she reveled in the attention. She loved performing and wanted to be an actress. Mary Pickford, who also came from Toronto, was one of her idols.

A clipping from her precious scrapbook and the image which she glued in next to the comment about Valentino's voice:



7 comments:

  1. That picture of Rudy that Norma pasted in her scrapbook is very endearing. Will the whole article be in the book?

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    1. No. I can post that here at some point. I cite most of the article in the book. The newsprint articles were so faded and did not reproduce well as images. That is why I chose examples as illustrations and cited the articles as much as I could.

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    2. I was just curious, because what I can deduce from the article is it reports Norma read Marie Corelli romance novels, but she did not know - THANKFULLY - who Havelock Ellis was.

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  2. So that photo of Rudy did not come with the article and Norma selected it to paste in her scrapbook? I wonder what it was about this particular picture of Rudy in a top hat that made her choose it?

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    1. She did cut and paste that photo. Something she added.

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  3. Interesting that she considered Mary Pickford her idol. You can see the the influence in the hairstyle Norma wore at the pageant. It is very Pickfordesque.

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