New Comedy Film Released
Mabel Normand was born Amabel Ethelreid Normand in New Brighton, Staten Island, New York in extreme poverty. She worked as an artist’s model for artists such as Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the Gibson Girl. Normand was working at D W Griffith’s Biograph Company where she met director Mack Sennett. He brought her to Los Angeles, California when he started directing in Edendale for Biograph Studios in 1912. Normand is starting to show her comedic talent and proving to be more than just a pretty face.
On June 3, 1912 TOMBOY BESSIE was released directed by Mack Sennett and starring Mabel Normand in the title role.