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Norma Shearer



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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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
91% The Women
  • Mary Haines
1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Marie Antoinette
1938
75% Romeo and Juliet
  • Juliet
1936
71% 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 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

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