Norma Shearer

Norma Shearer

  • Highest Rated: 92% The Women (1939)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
  • Birthday: Aug 10, 1902
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The winner of a beauty contest at 14, she was born into a wealthy family that lost everything in the 1910s. Her mother brought her to New York in the hope that show business might provide the family with money. Shearer failed an audition with Florenze Ziegfeld but found some work as a model. She began appearing in bit roles in New York-shot films in 1920; in one of these, The Stealers (1920), she was spotted by talent scout Irving Thalberg, who couldn't track her down until 1923. Signed to a long-term screen contract in 1925, she began playing leads in numerous films. Meanwhile, Thalberg rose to a position of authority at MGM; she married him in 1927 and started getting the best roles the studio had to offer, leading her to stardom. Shearer got her pick of directors and scripts, and made sure to vary her work so she would avoid being typecast. She received five Oscar nominations, winning for The Divorcee (1930). Soon she was billed by MGM as "the First Lady of the Screen." Thalberg died at age 37 in 1936, after which Shearer showed bad judgment in her choice of films; she turned down the leads in Gone with the Wind and Mrs. Miniver and instead appeared in two consecutive flops, We Were Dancing and Her Cardboard Lover (both 1942). After that she retired from the screen, meanwhile marrying a ski instructor 20 years her junior.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet After Midnight Actor 2014
No Score Yet Private Lives Actor 2005
No Score Yet Hollywood Without Makeup Actor 1950
No Score Yet Her Cardboard Lover Consuelo Croyden 1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing Vicki Wilomirsky 1942
No Score Yet Escape Countess Ruby von Treck 1940
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight Irene Fellara 1939
92% The Women Mary Haines 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette 1938
78% Romeo and Juliet Juliet 1936
78% The Barretts of Wimpole Street Elizabeth Barrett 1934
No Score Yet Riptide Lady Mary Rexford 1934
No Score Yet Strange Interlude Nina Leeds 1932
No Score Yet Smilin' Through Kathleen, Moonyean Clare 1932
No Score Yet A Free Soul Jan Ashe 1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools Actor 1931
No Score Yet Strangers May Kiss Lisbeth Corbin 1931
80% Private Lives Amanda Chase Paynne 1931
No Score Yet Let Us Be Gay Mrs. Katherine Brown 1930
75% The Divorcée Jerry Martin 1930
No Score Yet Their Own Desire Lucia 'Lally' Marlett 1929
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself/Juliet 1929
No Score Yet A Lady of Chance Dolly 1928
No Score Yet The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince) Kathi 1928
No Score Yet Lady of the Night Molly/Florence 1925
No Score Yet He Who Gets Slapped Consuelo 1924

QUOTES FROM Norma Shearer CHARACTERS

Amanda Chase Paynne
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
Harry Van
Oh, you like my electrical personality, hmm?
Irene Fellara
No, nothing as obvious as that. . .
Irene Fellara
No, nothing as obvious as that.