Breaking Boundaries with Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand

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On September 23, 1912, when Mack Sennett’s groundbreaking Keystone comedy, “The Water Nymph” was released, Mabel Normand became the first actress to appear on-screen wearing a bathing suit. Sennett promoted the film using Normand’s name and likeness, which was a big deal because up until then, actors and actresses were considered little more than the hired help.