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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 63

Birthday 1902-08-10

Day of Death 1983-06-12

Place of Birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Also Known As

  • Edith Norma Shearer
  • The First Lady Of MGM
  • Queen Norma
  • Norma Sherer

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2008 Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood as Various Roles (archive footage)
2004 Judy Garland: By Myself as Herself
2003 Complicated Women as Herself (archive footage)
2002 The Kid Stays in the Picture as Herself
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage) (uncredited)
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1944 Twenty Years After
1942 Her Cardboard Lover as Consuelo Croyden
1942 We Were Dancing as Victoria Anastasia Wilomirska
1940 Escape as Countess Ruby von Treck
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as Herself
1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World as Herself
1940 The Miracle of Sound as Herself
1939 From the Ends of the Earth
1939 Idiot's Delight as Irene Fellara
1939 The Women as Mary Haines
1938 Marie Antoinette as Marie Antoinette
1938 Hollywood Goes to Town as Herself
1937 The Romance of Celluloid as Herself
1936 Romeo and Juliet as Juliet - Daughter to Capulet
1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street as Elizabeth Barrett
1934 Riptide as Lady Mary Rexford
1933 Going Hollywood as Herself - Premiere Clip (archive footage)
1933 The Film Parade as Herself, film clip (archive footage) (uncredited)
1932 Strange Interlude as Nina Leeds
1932 Smilin' Through as Kathleen
1931 The Christmas Party as Herself (uncredited)
1931 Private Lives as Amanda Prynne
1931 Wir schalten um auf Hollywood as Herself
1931 A Free Soul as Jan Ashe
1931 The Stolen Jools as Owner of Stolen Jewels
1931 Strangers May Kiss as Lisbeth Corbin
1930 Let Us Be Gay as Kitty Brown
1930 The Divorcee as Jerry Martin
1929 Their Own Desire as Lucia 'Lally' Marlett
1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 as Herself / Juliet
1929 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney as Fay Cheyney
1929 The Trial Of Mary Dugan as Mary Elizabeth Dugan
1928 A Lady of Chance as Dolly Morgan
1928 The Actress as Rose Trelawny
1928 The Latest from Paris as Ann Dolan
1928 The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg as Kathi
1927 After Midnight as Mary Miller
1926 Upstage as Dolly Haven
1926 The Waning Sex as Nina Duane
1926 The Devil's Circus as Mary
1925 The Tower of Lies as Glory/Goldie
1925 A Slave of Fashion as Katherine Emerson
1925 Pretty Ladies as Frances White
1925 1925 Studio Tour as Herself
1925 Waking Up the Town as Mary Ellen Hope
1925 Lady of the Night as Molly Helmer / Florence Banning
1924 He Who Gets Slapped as Consuelo
1924 The Snob as Nancy Claxton
1924 Broadway After Dark as Rose Dulane
1924 The Wolf Man as Elizabeth Gordon
1923 Lucretia Lombard as Mimi Winship
1923 A Clouded Name as Marjorie Dare
1920 The Restless Sex
1920 Way Down East as Barn Dancer (uncredited)

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