Norma Shearer

Birth Name: Norma Shearer
Born: 08/10/1902
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, CA
Death Place: Woodland Hills, California, USA
Died: 06/12/1983

One of MGM's biggest stars of the 1930s, the ultra-chic Shearer eschewed the more innocent image of her silent stardom during the racy pre-Code period of the early 30s to play a series of wronged wives who fight the double standard by turning into silken sinners in films including "The Divorcee", "Strangers May Kiss" (1931) and "Riptide" (1934). She quickly became, along with Garbo, the studio's resident "prestige" star, and later in the decade played in several classy costume dramas, the most popular of which was "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" (1934, as poet Elizabeth Barrett).Shearer lost interest in her career after Thalberg's death in 1936; this, coupled with a poor choice of roles (sh...

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