Her Awakening

Her Awakening is a 1911 American short silent drama film starring Mabel Normand and directed by D. W. Griffith. Normand portrays a vivaciously effervescent young woman ashamed to introduce her poorly dressed mother to her elegant suitor. This early drama helped launch Normand's career and is believed to have been her second film and first substantial role. The supporting cast features Harry Hyde, Kate Bruce, Donald Crisp and Robert Harron.

Her Awakening
Mabel Normand and Harry Hyde
Directed byD. W. Griffith
Produced byBiograph Company
StarringMabel Normand
Harry Hyde
Kate Bruce
CinematographyG. W. Bitzer
Distributed byGeneral Film Company
Release date
  • September 28, 1911 (1911-09-28) (United States)
Running time
18 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

The film was produced by the Biograph Company when it and many other early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in Fort Lee, New Jersey at the beginning of the 20th century[1][2][3] and was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2006 as part of a one-night program about the city's brief reign as movie capital of the United States.



  1. Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8
  2. "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  3. Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5

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