Norma Shearer

Norma Shearer

  • Born on
    • August 10th, 1902
  • Died on
    • June 12th, 1983
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Edith Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 – June 12, 1983) was a Canadian-American actress. Shearer was one of the most popular actresses in North America from the mid-1920s through the 1930s. Her early films cast her as the girl next door, but for most of the Pre-Code film era, beginning with the 1930 film The Divorcee, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress, she played sexually liberated women in sophisticated contemporary comedies. Later she appeared in historical and period films. Unlike many of her MGM contemporaries, Shearer's fame declined steeply after retirement. By the time of her death in 1983, she was largely remembered at best for her "noble" roles in The Women, Marie Antoinette, and Romeo and Juliet. Shearer's legacy began to be re-evaluated in the 1990s with the publication of two biographies and the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and VHS release of her films, many of them unseen since the implementation of the Production Code some sixty years before. Focus shifted to her pre-Code "divorcee" persona, and Shearer was rediscovered as "the exemplar of sophisticated [1930's] woman-hood... exploring love and sex with an honesty that would be considered frank by modern standards". Simultaneously, Shearer's ten-year collaboration with portrait photographer George Hurrell and her lasting contribution to fashion through the designs of Adrian were also recognized. Shearer is widely celebrated by some as one of cinema's feminist pioneers: "the first American film actress to make it chic and acceptable to be single and not a virgin on screen". In March 2008, two of her most famous pre-code films, The Divorcee and A Free Soul, were released on DVD. Description above from the Wikipedia article Norma Shearer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Acting (22 Credits)

1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1988The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage) (uncredited)
1942Her Cardboard Lover as Consuelo Croyden
1940Escape as Countess Ruby von Treck
1939The Women as Mary Haines
1939Idiot's Delight as Irene Fellara
1938Marie Antoinette as Marie Antoinette
1936Romeo and Juliet as Juliet
1934The Barretts of Wimpole Street as Elizabeth Barrett
1934Riptide as Lady Mary Rexford
1932Smilin' Through as Kathleen
1932Strange Interlude as Nina Leeds
1931A Free Soul as Jan Ashe
1931The Stolen Jools as Owner of Stolen Jewels
1931Private Lives as Amanda Prynne
1930The Divorcee as Jerry Martin
1929Their Own Desire as Lucia 'Lally' Marlett
1927The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg as Kathi
1925Lady of the Night as Molly Helmer / Florence Banning
1924HE Who Gets Slapped as Consuelo
1920Way Down East as Barn Dancer (uncredited)

Herself (3 Credits)

2002The Kid Stays in the Picture as Herself (archive footage)
1933Going Hollywood as Herself - Premiere Clip (archive footage)
1929The Hollywood Revue of 1929 as Herself / Juliet


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