Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Norma Shearer (1902-1983) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Hard-working screen legend born in Montreal, Canada, Norma Shearer was a six-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, winning the Award for her leading role in The Divorcee (1930). Brother Douglas Shearer won several Academy Awards for his sound work, making the Shearers the first siblings to win Academy Awards. Norma Shearer left Canada for New York and debuted on-screen in an uncredited role in the Larry Semon short The Star Boarder (1919), the first of a few bits before Shearer received billing in The Stealers (1920). In 1923 she signed with Louis B. Mayer and went west for Pleasure Mad (1923) and The Wanters (1923). She found stardom appearing with Lon Chaney and John Gilbert in He Who Gets Slapped (1924), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's first production. Other silent films featuring Shearer include Lady of the Night (1925), The Devil's Circus (1926), Upstage (1926), After Midnight (1927), and The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) opposite Ramon Novarro. Shearer had been dating MGM "boy wonder" executive Irving Thalberg since 1925; the two married in September 1927, and remained so until Thalberg's passing in 1936. Shearer's first talkie was the hit The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929), a prelude to the sort of roles she would excel at after convincing husband Thalberg to star her in The Divorcee. For decades Shearer was best remembered for later prestige titles like The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Romeo and Juliet (1936), Marie Antoinette (1938), and in the all-star cast of The Women (1939), but Shearer found new popularity with the more recent revival of her more daring pre-Code output. Catch Shearer in titles like Strangers May Kiss (1931), A Free Soul (1931), Private Lives (1931), Smilin' Through (1932), and Riptide (1934) for a peek at a surprisingly modern and liberated woman of her time. Shearer followed The Women with a few flops and retired from the movies after Her Cardboard Lover (1942). In 1942 she married a ski instructor more than a decade her junior and stepped away from the public eye. She died more than forty years after her final film appearance, age 80.
Birthday: August 11 (or 10th)