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Encyclopedia > Princess Norina Matchabelli
Norina Matchabelli

Born March 3, 1880
Florence, Italy
Died June 15, 1957
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Occupation Actress
Perfume Manufacturer
Publisher
Title Princess
Religion Devotee of Meher Baba
Spouse Karl Vollmöller
Prince Georges V. Matchabelli
Photo by Elizabeth Chapin Patterson, 1932

Princess Norina Matchabelli (March 3, 1880June 15, 1957), born Norina Gilli in Florence, Italy, was co-founder of the perfume company (Prince Matchabelli), an actress, mime, mystic, publisher, and a devout mandali of Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba. Her stage name was Maria Carmi. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x676, 58 KB) Photo by Elizabeth Chapin Patterson taken of Norina Matchabelli in 1932. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Florence (Italian, Firenze) is a city in the center of Tuscany, in central Italy, on the Arno River, with a population of around 400,000, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000. ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina Coordinates: County Horry Mayor John Rhodes Area    - City 43. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Princess is the feminine form of prince (from Latin princeps, meaning principal citizen). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Karl Vollmõller (1875-1945) was a German playwright and screenwriter. ... This article is about the person. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Florence (Italian, Firenze) is a city in the center of Tuscany, in central Italy, on the Arno River, with a population of around 400,000, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Mysticism from the Greek μυστικός (mystikos) an initiate (of the Eleusinian Mysteries, μυστήρια (mysteria) meaning initiation[1]) is the pursuit of achieving communion or identity with, or conscious awareness of, ultimate reality, the divine, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight; and the belief that such experience is an... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Mandali is a term that does not appear to be common outside of the circle of Meher Baba. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Acting career as Maria Carmi

Norina began her stage career at Max Reinhardt's Vienna acting school and belonged to his company from 1907 to 1909. Under the stage name Maria Carmi, Norina played in Italian and German theater and later appeared in over 25 silent films. Most notably she played the Madonna in the original spectacle-pantomime play Das Mirakel (The Miracle) written by Karl Vollmöller whom she married. The play was originally produced in Germany in 1911, opened in London in 1912, and was revived on Broadway in 1924 after a tour of Detroit, Milwaukee and Dallas. In the New York version she alternated nightly, not too amicably, with Lady Diana Manners, another international beauty of the period. In all Norina gave over 1,000 performances of the play. After the second tour she left the stage and for a short while opened (with well-known set designer Frederic Kiesler) an acting school, American Laboratory Theatre, in New York City, concentrating on mime. Max Reinhardt Max Reinhardt (born September 9, 1873 in Baden bei Wien; died October 31, 1943 in New York City) was an influential Austrian director and actor. ... Das Mirakel Das Mirakel was a 1911 play written by Karl Vollmöller and directed by Max Reinhardt, from which three movie versions were later adapted. ... Karl Vollmõller (1875-1945) was a German playwright and screenwriter. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city of England (strangely, England has no constitutional existence within the United Kingdom, and therefore cannot be said to have a capital). ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Cover of Time Magazine (February 15, 1926) Lady Diana Manners (August 29, 1892 - June 16, 1986), later Lady Diana Cooper and then Diana, Viscountess Norwich, was the youngest daughter of Henry John Brinsley Manners, the 8th Duke of Rutland and his wife, the Duchess of Rutland, but was widely supposed...


Princess and Perfume

Norina divorced Vollmöller and in 1916 married Prince Georges V. Matchabelli, the Georgian prince who had been ambassador to Italy, but who had fled the Soviet Union after the Russian Revolution. Norina then became known as Princess Norina Matchabelli. Together in 1924 she and her new husband, who was an amateur chemist, co-founded the now-famous perfume company Prince Matchabelli. Norina designed the perfume bottle after the family crown and in 1926 Georges dedicated the exquisite scent "Ave Maria" to her. In 1933 she and Georges divorced. Georges died in 1935 and in 1936 Norina sold the company to Saul Ganz for $250,000.00. [1] 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article is about the person. ... The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a series of political events in Russia, involving first the overthrow of the system of autocracy, and then the overthrow of the liberal Provisional Government (Duma), resulting in the establishment of the Soviet power under the control of the Bolshevik party. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Prince Matchabelli is a perfume line. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Meher Baba

In the 1930's, Matchabelli met Spiritual teacher Meher Baba and became a devotee. She introduced many notable figures of the day to Meher Baba including Gabriel Pascal, Mercedes de Acosta and Karl Vollmöller (her earlier husband). She also founded the periodical Meher Baba Journal in 1938. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Gabriel Pascal (June 4, 1894 – July 6, 1954) was a film producer and director. ... Mercedes de Acosta (March 1, 1893 - May 9, 1968) was an American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite best known for her lesbian affairs with Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Alla Nazimova, Eva Le Gallienne ([1]), Isadora Duncan, Katharine Cornell, Maude Adams, Ona Munson (Belle Watling in the movie Gone With...


In the early 1940's Matchabelli co-founded the Meher Spiritual Center with Elizabeth Chapin Patterson in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S.A. The Meher Spiritual Center is a 500 acre spritual retreat nestled in the pine forest along the Atlantic Ocean in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Center was established by Elizabeth Patterson and Norina Matchabelli in the early 1940s to provide a place for spiritual renewal to visitors and to... Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ...


Norina Matchabelli died at Youpon Dunes in Myrtle Beach in 1957 at the age of 77. Her ashes were interred close by Meher Baba's tomb on Meherabad Hill, near Ahmednagar, India. Her grave marker bears the following inscription: Princess Norina was and will ever remain Baba's. [2] Meherabad is an ashram and spiritual center established by Meher Baba in Pimpalgaon near Ahmednagar, India. ... Ahmednagar is sometimes misspelled as Ahmadnagar. ...


Filmography

Maria Carmi (Norina) in Das Mirakel, 1911
Maria Carmi (Norina) in Das Mirakel, 1911
Maria Carmi and Carl de Vogt in Der Weg des Todes, 1916
Maria Carmi and Carl de Vogt in Der Weg des Todes, 1916
  • 1912: Das Mirakel
  • 1913: Eine venezianische Nacht
  • 1914: L'Accordo in minore
  • 1914: Sperduti nel buio
  • 1914: Teresa Raquin
  • 1915: Fluch der Schönheit
  • 1915: Der Hermelinmantel
  • 1915: Die rätselhafte Frau
  • 1915: Sophias letztes Gesicht
  • 1916: Das Wunder der Madonna
  • 1916: Für den Ruhm des Geliebten
  • 1916: Aphrodite
  • 1916: Homunculus, Teil I
  • 1916: Homunculus, Teil IV - Die Rache des Homunculus
  • 1916: Der Pfad der Sünde
  • 1916: Der Letzte eines alten Geschlechts
  • 1916: Die Richterin von Solvigsholm
  • 1916: Das Haus der Leidenschaften
  • 1916: Der Fluch der Sonne
  • 1917: Der Weg des Todes
  • 1917: Wenn Tote sprechen
  • 1917: Die Memoiren der Tragödin Thamar
  • 1917: Rächende Liebe
  • 1918: Das Spitzentuch der Fürstin
  • 1920: Per il passato
  • 1921: Forse che si, forse che no

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Trivia

  • The Karl Vollmöller spectacle play Das Mirakel was made into three separate movie versions, two produced in 1912 and a revamped American version titled The Miracle in 1959 starring Carroll Baker and Roger Moore of James Bond fame.
  • Coincidentally, the first film version of Das Mirakel premiered on December 21, 1912, exactly 100 years to the day before the end of the Mayan Calendar, which ends on December 21, 2012.
  • In the 1940's Norina Matchabelli gave a series of well-attended public talks in Carnegie Hall, New York City in which she said she was delivering "thought-transmission" messages directly from Meher Baba. When speaking, the personal "I" switched to "I, Meher Baba." This startled some of Meher Baba's followers and they questioned Baba on it in India, but he did not appear concerned. [1] Thus Norina gained the reputation of a mystic or clairvoyant, an eccentric, and relatively occult in her thinking in comparison with other followers of Meher Baba of that time period.
  • Norina Matchabelli confided with a friend that she believed her second husband Georges Matchabelli had the unique ability to detect and chemically reproduce "astral" fragrances in his perfumes, apparently accounting for his success as a perfumer. [2]

Karl Vollmõller (1875-1945) was a German playwright and screenwriter. ... Das Mirakel Das Mirakel was a 1911 play written by Karl Vollmöller and directed by Max Reinhardt, from which three movie versions were later adapted. ... The Miracle is a 1959 remake of a 1912 German film Das Mirakel directed by Cherry Kearton and Max Reinhardt, which in turn was based on a 1911 Karl Vollmöller pantomime play by the same name. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... For the Canadian country music performer, refer to Carroll Baker (singer). ... For other people named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond 007 is a fictional British agent[1] created by writer Ian Fleming in 1952. ... The Maya calendar is a system of complex and highly developed calendars created by the Maya Civilization of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. ... 2012 (MMXII) will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 7th Avenue, occupying the east stretch of 7th Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ...

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...

References

  1. ^ New York Times, June 2, 1986
  2. ^ Awakener Magazine, Volume 20 Number 2, 1983

 
 

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