At her New Year's Eve party, he discovers he is the only guest and realizes she has fallen in love with him.
He tries to let her down gently, but she slaps him and retreats to her room.
Ushered in by Max, her butler, Joe recognizes the woman as almost-forgotten silent-film star Norma Desmond.
Learning he is a writer, she asks his opinion of a script she has written for a film about Salome.
Max tells him Norma is subject to depression and has made suicide attempts.
Joe asks Artie about staying at his place and again meets Betty, who he learns is Artie's girlfriend.
" As the cameras roll, Norma dramatically descends her grand staircase.
She pauses and makes an impromptu speech about how happy she is to be making a film again, concluding with the famous line, "All right, Mr.
He bluntly informs her that the public has forgotten her, no comeback is forthcoming, and her fan letters are written by Max. Now having completely lost touch with reality, she believes the newsreel cameras are there to film Salome.
Max pretends to set up a scene for her and calls "Action!
Later, while fleeing from men trying to repossess his car, Joe turns into the driveway of a seemingly deserted mansion.