Hey there, darlings! It's me, Norma Talmadge. I was born in Jersey City in 1894, so by the time the Roarin’ Twenties rolled around, I was in my prime. I was a trailblazer in the film industry, one of the biggest stars of my time.
Honey, it’s like this–I was the cat’s pajamas. I was known for my bobbed hair, my short skirts, and my love of jazz music. I wasn't afraid to push the boundaries of what was considered proper behavior for a young woman. I smoked ciggies, drank alcohol, and even drove my own car. I was a true flapper, and I was proud of it.
But what really made me a trailblazer was my work in the film industry. I started out as a silent film actress, and I quickly became sought after. I was known for my dramatic roles, and I was one of the first actresses to produce my own films. I weep
buckets of tears in “The Lady”, and honey, my fans couldn’t get enough. I even inspired other flappers in Hollywood, including my younger sister Constance Talmadge. Together, we were a dynamic duo, taking the flapper scene by storm. We were the epitome of style and glamour, and we made sure to enjoy every moment of our flapper era.
Looking back, I'm proud of everything I accomplished during the flapper era. I was a true original, a woman who lived life on her own terms. I wasn't afraid to break the rules and push the boundaries of what was considered acceptable. And in doing so, I made a name for myself as one of the most talented actresses of my time. So, to all you young flappers out there, I say this: live your life boldly, and don't let anyone tell you what you can or can't do. Be yourself, and you'll go far.
de Groat, Greta. "The Talmadge Sisters." In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2011. <https://doi.org/10.7916/d8-4pbj-6z33>
de Groat, Greta. (n.d.) Norma Talmadge.