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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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Born:
Aug 10, 1902 In Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
48
First Appeared:
In the series The Adventures Of Long John Silver
Latest Project:
Movie The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002-01-18
Known For
Poster of GMTV
Poster of Idiot's Delight
Poster of A Clouded Name
Poster of The Adventures Of Long John Silver
Filmography
Series The Adventures Of Long John Silver Elizabeth Gordon 2018
Movie The Kid Stays in the Picture Herself 2002-01-18
Movie That's Entertainment! III 1994-07-01
Series GMTV Consuelo 1993-01-01
Movie Cinema Paradiso Jan Ashe (archive footage) (uncredited) 1988-11-17
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie That's Entertainment! Clip from 'Idiot's Delight' (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Her Cardboard Lover Consuelo Croyden 1942-06-01
Movie We Were Dancing Victoria Anastasia Wilomirska 1942-04-30
Movie Escape Countess Ruby von Treck 1940-11-01
Movie The Miracle of Sound Herself 1940-01-01
Movie Idiot's Delight Irene Fellara 1939-01-27
Movie The Women Mrs. Stephen Haines (Mary) 1939-01-01
Movie Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette 1938-08-26
Movie The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Fay Cheyney 1937-02-19
Movie Romeo and Juliet Juliet - Daughter to Capulet 1936-09-03
Movie The Barretts of Wimpole Street Elizabeth Barrett 1934-09-21
Movie Riptide Mary 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 Strangers May Kiss Lisbeth Corbin 1931-04-04
Movie Wir schalten um auf Hollywood Herself 1931-06-09
Movie A Free Soul Jan Ashe 1931-06-02
Movie Private Lives Amanda Prynne 1931-12-12
Movie The Christmas Party Herself (uncredited) 1931-12-15
Movie Let Us Be Gay Kitty Brown 1930-08-08
Movie The Divorcee Jerry Martin 1930-04-19
Movie The Trial Of Mary Dugan Mary Elizabeth Dugan 1929-06-08
Movie The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Fay Cheyney 1929-07-06
Movie Their Own Desire Lucia 'Lally' Marlett 1929-12-27
Movie The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself / Juliet 1929-11-23
Movie The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg Kathi 1928-01-30
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 Upstage Dolly Haven 1926-11-06
Movie The Waning Sex Nina Duane 1926-09-05
Movie The Tower of Lies Glory/Goldie 1925-10-10
Movie Lady of the Night Molly Helmer / Florence Banning 1925-02-23
Movie Pretty Ladies Frances White 1925-08-05
Movie Broadway After Dark Rose Dulane 1924-05-31
Movie Lucretia Lombard Mimi Winship 1923-12-07
Movie A Clouded Name Marjorie Dare 1923-02-19
Movie Way Down East Barn Dancer (uncredited) 1920-09-03
Movie The Restless Sex 1920-11-12