The comedic silent superstar found her career derailed after the murder of director William Desmond Taylor in 1922. Normand was a good friend and perhaps lover of the director, and was the last person to see him alive that night. Though police dismissed her as a suspect, revelations about her drug and alcohol problems helped tarnish her career, along with the fact that she had starred in numerous films with Arbuckle. The following year, she was hit by another scandal, this one involving the shooting of a lover by her chauffeur. She was out of films until 1926, when Hal Roach gave her a second chance. But audiences had no interest. She died in 1930 at the age of 38.
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