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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:

Amanda: I think very few people are completely normal really, deep down in their private lives. It all depends on a combination of circumstances. If all the various cosmic thingummys fuse at the same moment, and the right spark is struck, there's no knowing what one mightn't do. That was the trouble with Elyot and me, we were like two violent acids bubbling about in a nasty little matrimonial bottle.


Irene Fellara: My father was old. The hardships of that terrible journey had broken his body. But his spirit was strong. His spirit that is Russia.
Irene Fellara: He lay there in that little boat. And he looked up at me. Never can I forget his face. So thin. So white. So beautiful in the starlight.
Irene Fellara: And he said to me, 'Irena, little daughter'. And then... he died.
Irene Fellara: For four days I was alone with his body. Sailing through the storms of the Black Sea. I had no food. No water. I was in agony from the violent wounds of the Bolshevikii. I knew I must die.
Irene Fellara: And then... an American cruiser rescued me. May Heaven bless those good men!
Harry Van: Ahem. Excuse me Madame. But it seems to me that the last time you told me about your escape it was different.
Irene Fellara: Well! I made several escapes.


Juliet: Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?


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Children, with husband Irving Thalberg: Irving Jr. (1930-1988) and Katherine (1935-2006).

Said to have been a major influence on the life of Eva Perón after Peron saw her in the role of Marie Antoinette.

She converted to Judaism in 1927 in order to marry Irving Thalberg. Even after he died, she continued to observe Judaism until her own death in 1983.

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