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Norma Shearer Overview:

Legendary actress, Norma Shearer, was born Edith Norma Shearer on Aug 10, 1902 in Montréal, Canada. Shearer appeared in over 60 film roles. Her best known films include The Divorcee, A Free Soul, Marie Antoinette and The Women. Shearer died at the age of 80 on Jun 12, 1983 in Woodland Hills, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

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Shearer married MGM's top producer, Irving Thalberg, and became the studio's first lady until Thalberg's death in 1936. Her well-bred looks and ultra-smart wardrobe made her a byword for chic sophistication.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Norma Shearer was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actress for The Divorcee (as Jerry) in 1929/30.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1929/30Best ActressThe Divorcee (1930)JerryWon
1930/31Best ActressA Free Soul (1931)Jan AsheNominated
1934Best ActressThe Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)Elizabeth BarrettNominated
1936Best ActressRomeo and Juliet (1936)JulietNominated
1938Best ActressMarie Antoinette (1938)Marie AntoinetteNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Norma Shearer's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #3 on Aug 1, 1927. In addition, Shearer was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame .

BlogHub Articles:

The Divorcee (1930) with

By Orson De Welles on Dec 10, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Talking Picture! Surprisingly, with that tagline, The Divorcee is a film I only fell asleep through twice- and that’s a bit of a sham. In a never-ending quest to bring new stars into our fold, I had a mission of sorts to bring insightful commentary (or at ... Read full article


Star of the Month Guide:

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 3, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

TCM's November star of the month is MGM queen . TCM is celebrating the career of with 23 movies airing each Tuesday in November. Here's what you need to know about one of old Hollywood's most glamorous stars . FYI: TCM sometimes changes the air times and /or movies, ... Read full article


5 Things You May Not Know About

By minooallen on Nov 3, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

5 Things You May Not Know About ….. 1.) She was hatched from the icy north That’s totally a polar bear she is laying on Despite one of classic Hollywood’s greatest stars, Shearer was born nowhere near the Hollywood. In fact, she wasn’t even born in America.... Read full article


and Manic Pixie Dream Boys

By Emma on Nov 11, 2014 From Lets Misbehave: A Tribute to Precode Hollywood

Who’s that girl? It’s not Jess, it’s not even Norma, it’s the men Miss Shearer seemed to gather around her in almost every film role. In her Pre-code performances Shearer is not relegated to a supportive role nor is she doomed to a one-dimensional outlook or perpetually unalt... Read full article


O Canada Blogathon: in Strangers May Kiss (or, The Dumbbell and The Jackass)

By shadowsandsatin on Oct 9, 2014 From Shadows and Satin

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but is one of my all-time favorite actresses. Her unaffected style, graceful manner, and infectious, girlish laugh combined to make her altogether delightful to watch. Not to mention that she looked darned good in a gown, and she could summon... Read full article


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Norma Shearer Quotes:

Jan Ashe: [to Dwight] I just don't want to get married, Dwight. I don't want life to settle down around me like a pan of sour dough. I don't want it one little bit.


Amanda: Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.


Jerry Bernard Martin: All men are fair game from now on!


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Norma Shearer Facts
Her son died in 1988 of cancer. He was a philosophy professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

F. Scott Fitzgerald based one of his most famous stories, "Crazy Sunday," on a party hosted by Shearer, who also inspired the story's main character, Stella Calman.

At the height of her career, she was earning $6,000 per week.

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