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Norma Shearer

Best known for and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for The Divorcee. A series of highly successful pre-Code films followed.

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Filmography

1919      

The Star Boarder

 

1920      

The Flapper – uncredited

Way Down East

The Restless Sex – uncredited

Torchy’s Millions – uncredited

The Stealers

 

1921      

The Sign on the Door – uncredited

 

1922      

The Leather Pushers – uncredited

The End of the World – uncredited

The Man Who Paid

Channing of the Northwest

The Bootleggers

 

1923      

A Clouded Name

Man and Wife

The Devil’s Partner

Pleasure Mad

The Wanters

Lucretia Lombard

 

1924      

The Trail of the Law

The Wolf Man

Blue Water

Broadway After Dark

Broken Barriers

Empty Hands

Married Flirts

He Who Gets Slapped

The Snob

 

1925      

1925 Studio Tour

Excuse Me

Lady of the Night

Waking Up the Town

Pretty Ladies

A Slave of Fashion

The Tower of Lies

His Secretary

 

1926      

The Devil’s Circus

The Waning Sex

Upstage

 

1927      

The Demi-Bride

After Midnight

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg

 

 

1928      

The Latest from Paris

The Actress

Voices Across the Sea

A Lady of Chance

 

1929      

The Trial of Mary Dugan

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

The Hollywood Revue of 1929

Their Own Desire

 

1930      

The Divorcee

Let Us Be Gay

 

1931      

Strangers May Kiss

The Stolen Jools

A Free Soul

Private Lives

The Christmas Party

Smilin’ Through

 

1932      

Strange Interlude

Riptide

 

1934      

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

 

 

1936      

Romeo and Juliet

Marie Antoinette

 

1938      

Hollywood Goes to Town

Idiot’s Delight

 

1939      

The Women

Escape

 

1940      

We Were Dancing

 

1942      

Her Cardboard Lover

Awards

Shearer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress on six occasions, winning only for The Divorcee in 1930. She was nominated the same year for Their Own Desire, for A Free Soul in 1931, The Barretts of Wimpole Street in 1934, Romeo and Juliet in 1936, and Marie Antoinette in 1938.

It is impossible to get anything made or accomplished without stepping on some toes; enemies are inevitable when one is a doer. ~ Norma Shearer

Edith Norma Shearer was born on August 10, 1902. Her childhood was spent in Montreal and was one of privilege due to the success of her father’s construction business. However, the marriage between her parents was unhappy. Young Norma was interested in music, but after seeing a vaudeville show for her ninth birthday, announced her intention to become an actress.

In January 1920, Mrs. Shearer, Norma and her sister arrived in New York( after divorcing Norma’s father), each of them dressed up for the occasion. With a letter of introduction for Norma, acquired from a local theatre owner, to Florenz Ziegfeld,  she met with him. The introduction proved disastrous. She learned that Universal Pictures was looking for eight pretty girls to serve as extras. She was number eight.

Other extra parts followed, including one in Way Down East, directed by D. W. Griffith. Taking advantage of a break in filming and standing shrewdly near a powerful arc light, Shearer introduced herself to Griffith and began to confide her hopes for stardom. He told her she would never make it in show business.