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re: why does the Norma/Joe "romance" have to make "sense" age-wise?
Posted by: Chazwaza 12:34 pm EDT 04/16/21
In reply to: re: why does the Norma/Joe "romance" have to make "sense" age-wise? - simbo 03:40 am EDT 04/16/21

I'm not sure she *needs* to have been a young starlet at the height of her silent-movie fame. If she were a ravishing looking woman with a certain "it" factor on screen who was in her 30s or early 40s, I'd very much buy that. Let's not forget, most people seeing the musical have no experience watching silent film or knowing what the stars of that era looked like (certainly they didn't look like stars of our era of film, our meaning from the 60s on!), and let's also keep in mind that there were VERY few stars that fans and audiences were exposed to. If you were a silent film star, you had an absolute corner on the market of fandom, and to an audience who had never had film or film stars in their lives before.

So while it isn't ideal, personally I absolutely believe a Norma in her 60s, and I believe Glenn looks in her 60s (especially with make-up and any help they may give her in the post department) ...

And you're right, aging was different in 1956, so Glenn at 70s looking 60s probably is a convincing 1956 50s.
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