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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 (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.

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Aug 10, 1902 In Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Hollywood, la vie rêvée de Lana Turner 2019-05-22
Latest Project:
In the movie The Star Boarder 1919-05-26
Known For
Poster of Waking Up the Town
Poster of The Wanters
Poster of The Restless Sex
Poster of The Star Boarder
Movie Hollywood, la vie rêvée de Lana Turner (archive footage)
Movie Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn Herself (archive footage)
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood Various Roles (archive footage)
Movie Girl 27 Self (archive footage)
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Herself
Movie Checking Out: Grand Hotel Self (archive footage)
Movie Complicated Women Herself (archive footage)
Movie The Kid Stays in the Picture Herself (archive footage)
Movie Sports on the Silver Screen Self (archive footage)
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage)
Movie You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story Self (archive footage)
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage)
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage)
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited)
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up
Movie Twenty Years After
Movie Her Cardboard Lover Consuelo Croyden
Movie We Were Dancing Victoria Anastasia Wilomirska
Movie Escape Countess Ruby von Treck
Movie A New Romance of Celluloid: The Miracle of Sound Herself
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Herself
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Herself
Movie Idiot's Delight Irene Fellara
Movie From the Ends of the Earth
Movie Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 8 Norma Shearer
Movie The Women Mary Haines
Movie Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town Herself
Movie Another Romance of Celluloid Herself (uncredited)
Movie The Romance of Celluloid Herself
Movie Romeo and Juliet Juliet - Daughter to Capulet
Movie Master Will Shakespeare Juliet (uncredited)
Movie The Barretts of Wimpole Street Elizabeth Barrett
Movie Riptide Lady Mary Rexford
Movie The Film Parade Herself, film clip (archive footage) (uncredited)
Movie Going Hollywood Herself - Premiere Clip (archive footage)
Movie Smilin' Through Kathleen
Movie Strange Interlude Nina Leeds
Movie The Christmas Party Herself (uncredited)
Movie Private Lives Amanda Prynne
Movie We're switching to Hollywood Herself
Movie A Free Soul Jan Ashe
Movie Strangers May Kiss Lisbeth Corbin
Movie The Stolen Jools Owner of Stolen Jewels
Movie Let Us Be Gay Kitty Brown
Movie The Divorcee Jerry Martin
Movie The Trial Of Mary Dugan Mary Elizabeth Dugan
Movie A Man's Man Norman Shearer (uncredited)
Movie The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself / Juliet
Movie The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Fay Cheyney
Movie Their Own Desire Lucia 'Lally' Marlett
Movie A Lady of Chance Dolly Morgan
Movie The Actress Rose Trelawny
Movie The Latest from Paris Ann Dolan
Movie The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Kathi
Movie After Midnight Mary Miller
Movie The Demi-Bride Criquette
Movie Upstage Dolly Haven
Movie The Waning Sex Nina Duane
Movie The Devil's Circus Mary
Movie The End of the World
Movie Excuse Me Marjorie Newton
Movie Lady of the Night Molly Helmer / Florence Banning
Movie Waking Up the Town Mary Ellen Hope
Movie The Tower of Lies Glory/Goldie
Movie 1925 Studio Tour Herself
Movie A Slave of Fashion Katherine Emerson
Movie Pretty Ladies Frances White
Movie His Secretary
Movie Broadway After Dark Rose Dulane
Movie The Trail of the Law Jerry Vardon
Movie The Wolf Man Elizabeth Gordon
Movie Blue Water Lillian Denton
Movie Married Flirts Norma Shearer (uncredited)
Movie Empty Hands Claire Endicott
Movie The Snob Nancy Claxton
Movie He Who Gets Slapped Consuelo
Movie Broken Barriers Grace Durland
Movie Lucretia Lombard Mimi Winship
Movie The Wanters Marjorie
Movie Pleasure Mad Elinor Benton
Movie The Devil's Partner Jeanne
Movie Man and Wife Dora Perkins
Movie A Clouded Name Marjorie Dare
Movie The Man Who Paid Jeanne Thornton
Movie The Taming of the Shrewd Rose Del Mar
Movie The Bootleggers Helen Barnes
Movie Channing of the Northwest Jess Driscoll
Movie The Restless Sex
Movie Torchy's Millions (uncredited)
Movie The Stealers Julie Martin
Movie Way Down East Barn Dancer (uncredited)
Movie The Flapper Schoolgirl (Uncredited)
Movie The Star Boarder Big V Beauty Squad Member (uncredited)