Norris Church Mailer 1949-2010

Norris Church Mailer in 2009

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Norris Church Mailer, widow of Norman Mailer, who died November 21, 2010, after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Norris was many things to many people. She was an unusually gifted and talented writer, an insightful observer of the human condition, both as novelist and memoirist. She was an acclaimed professional painter and illustrator, as well as a teacher in her native Arkansas and then a beautiful fashion model in New York. She was the pilgrim soul who captured and won Norman’s heart and mind and who shared with him the last three decades of his life. She was a loving mother and adored stepmother, the glue that held together the eclectic Mailer clan. And she was a good, passionate and generous friend for so many of us who came to know, admire and love her.

I know I speak for everyone in the Norman Mailer society in saying that our hearts go out to all of her family and friends for this irreplaceable loss. We will always carry with us her grace, courage, humor and love.

Mark Olshaker,
President, The Norman Mailer Society

Details on memorial services will be posted when the family has finalized plans.

Norris Church Mailer

Norris and Norman, 1977

Norris Church Mailer

  • Carol Rae Bradford

    Dear Friends:

    Our friend, Jack Nusan Porter, a former Rabbi and Holocaust author, attended the

    recent PEN meeting in New York. Norris was there, and she knew him. It was probably

    the last event that she attended.

    Carol Rae Bradford


    Norris Church Mailer Dies at 61


    by Claude Scales on 21. Nov, 2010 in Arts and Entertainment, Obituaries

    Two Responses to “Norris Church Mailer Dies at 61”

    lois 21. Nov, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    She is also survived by a son, Matthew, from her previous marriage.

    Carol Rae Bradford 22. Nov, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    I have regrets, not only that Norman Mailer is gone, but also his beautiful wife, Norris Church Mailer. I read her most recent book, “A ticket to the Circus,” and enjoyed the details of her life.

    I met her during the 1990s when we were vacationing at our Timeshare in Provincetown, Ma

    Ringing their doorbell, Norris answered. Before ushering me into their beautiful home on the water, she called Norman, saying, “Honey, there’s someone at the door who would like your autograph.”

    She brought me into the dining room, every room facing the ocean, and he gave me what I had asked for.

    She was beautiful and gracious, and I regret that she is gone.

    Carol Rae Bradford

  • Da42na

    Norris; a graceful, generous, and talented humanitarian. I'll always think fondly of our time together on the cape. tTheatre, movies upstairs in the den…..but most of all your friendship.

    Now you get to resume your dialogue with Norman…

    David Fortuna

  • JJack Nusan Porteracknusan

    I agree with my good friend Carol Rae Bradford. She did remember me after the short time we had met in P/town. And unlike his public image, Norman was also a gracious guy as he grew older; he was very generous with younger writers, incluidng myself. I had a time-share in Brewster and went to P/town often. I had written a play and screen treatment–one a comedy called “Key West Rabbi” and the other a serious drama on Jewish resistance during the Holocaust called “Partisans”. Now, I don;t know to whom to send it to and get advice.

    Being vulnerable herself, Norris was always gentle

    with authors and writers. She had one of the best

    critiques in her living room and bed one could ask for. She understood the pain and difficulty of writing.

    Jack Nusan Porter, Newtonville, Mass.

  • writers colony nyc

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