Hollywood had welcomed her back with open arms, but, as of yet, there had been no offers to star in a film. Paramount had not called (but Norma was gratified to learn that Gordon Coles had been fired).
Max, of course, was still by her side (hoping, hoping). He decided a new chimp would cheer Madame up.
|This one had a bad habit that might be a|
problem and was returned to the shop
|This one proved fickle and was also returned|
|Norma and her new puppy, Little Joey G.|
Joan had always been a student of the Norma Desmond school of stardom. Joan, too, was big, and she had one of those "faces." When Norma looked at Joan, she saw a younger version of herself. When Joan looked at Norma, she saw a cautionary tale: Don't let the public forget you for one minute! Joan was a compassionate friend and wanted to help Norma transition back into the Hollywood spotlight. She asked Norma what she would like to do next.
Norma thought that she might excel at interior design.Who wouldn't love a house filled with Norma Desmonds, Norma Desmonds and still more Norma Desmonds? Joan's other good friend, William Haines, a former big star in the 20s and early 30s, was now a very successful decorator with the Hollywood set. Joan asked him to survey Norma's home and render an opinion.
|Mr. Haines took a look at Norma's decor|
|Norma Desmonds, Norma Desmonds and still more Norma Desmonds|
|Joan ponders Norma's future|
"I love Abdullah Cigarettes," said Norma. "In fact, Joe kept me waiting forever one night when he went into Schwab's to buy me a pack. That night was the beginning of the end..."
"Don't go there!" cautioned Joan. Max was standing by,his white-gloved hand on the phone, ready to call the doctor. But Norma shook off the past. At last she was ready to move forward.
Joan had a bright idea, but Norma had to lose that looney cigarette holder.
And so it was that Norma Demond became the face of Abdullah Cigarettes and the public became reacquainted with the star with a face.
|Norma Desmond says:|
I smoke Abdullahs because Big Stars need Big Taste!
Norma Discovers Television
Max Makes His Move
Don't desert her now! Check back and follow Norma's progress!