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Norma Shearer

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 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.

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Aug 10, 1902 In Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Star Boarder 1919-05-26
Latest Project:
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn 2015-08-18
Known For
Poster of A Lady of Chance
Poster of Pretty Ladies
Poster of 1925 Studio Tour
Poster of The Restless Sex
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn Herself (archive footage) 2015-08-18
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood Various Roles (archive footage) 2008-03-03
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Herself 2004-02-25
Movie Complicated Women Herself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie The Kid Stays in the Picture Herself (archive footage) 2002-08-16
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie Her Cardboard Lover Consuelo Croyden 1942-07-16
Movie We Were Dancing Victoria Anastasia Wilomirska 1942-04-30
Movie The Miracle of Sound Herself 1940-01-01
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Herself 1940-05-29
Movie Escape Countess Ruby von Treck 1940-11-01
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Herself 1940-07-31
Movie Idiot's Delight Irene Fellara 1939-01-27
Movie From the Ends of the Earth 1939-05-28
Movie The Women Mary Haines 1939-09-01
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town Herself 1938-07-07
Movie Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette 1938-08-26
Movie The Romance of Celluloid Herself 1937-08-26
Movie Master Will Shakespeare Juliet (uncredited) 1936-06-13
Movie The Barretts of Wimpole Street Elizabeth Barrett 1934-09-21
Movie Riptide Lady Mary Rexford 1934-03-29
Movie Going Hollywood Herself - Premiere Clip (archive footage) 1933-12-22
Movie Smilin' Through Kathleen 1932-09-24
Movie Strange Interlude Nina Leeds 1932-12-30
Movie The Stolen Jools Owner of Stolen Jewels 1931-04-04
Movie A Free Soul Jan Ashe 1931-06-02
Movie Strangers May Kiss Lisbeth Corbin 1931-04-04
Movie Private Lives Amanda Prynne 1931-12-12
Movie Wir schalten um auf Hollywood Herself 1931-06-09
Movie The Christmas Party Herself (uncredited) 1931-12-17
Movie The Divorcee Jerry Martin 1930-04-19
Movie Let Us Be Gay Kitty Brown 1930-08-08
Movie The Trial Of Mary Dugan Mary Elizabeth Dugan 1929-06-08
Movie The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Fay Cheyney 1929-07-06
Movie The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself / Juliet 1929-11-23
Movie Their Own Desire Lucia 'Lally' Marlett 1929-12-27
Movie The Latest from Paris Ann Dolan 1928-02-04
Movie The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Kathi 1928-01-30
Movie The Actress Rose Trelawny 1928-04-27
Movie A Lady of Chance Dolly Morgan 1928-12-01
Movie After Midnight Mary Miller 1927-08-20
Movie The Devil's Circus Mary 1926-02-14
Movie The Waning Sex Nina Duane 1926-09-05
Movie Upstage Dolly Haven 1926-11-06
Movie Waking Up the Town Mary Ellen Hope 1925-03-30
Movie 1925 Studio Tour Herself 1925-04-09
Movie Lady of the Night Molly Helmer / Florence Banning 1925-02-23
Movie The Tower of Lies Glory/Goldie 1925-10-10
Movie Pretty Ladies Frances White 1925-09-06
Movie A Slave of Fashion Katherine Emerson 1925-08-23
Movie Broadway After Dark Rose Dulane 1924-05-31
Movie The Snob Nancy Claxton 1924-11-10
Movie A Clouded Name Marjorie Dare 1923-02-19
Movie Lucretia Lombard Mimi Winship 1923-12-07
Movie Way Down East Barn Dancer (uncredited) 1920-09-03
Movie The Restless Sex 1920-11-12
Movie The Star Boarder Big V Beauty Squad Member (uncredited) 1919-05-26
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