Norma Shearer

Born Aug 10, 1902

Edith Norma Shearer was a Canadian actress. Shearer was one of the most popular actresses in North America from the mid-1920s through the 1930s. Her early films cast her as the girl-next-door but for most of the Pre-Code film era beginning with the 1930 film The Divorcee, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress, she played sexually liberated women in sophisticated contemporary comedies. Later she appeared in historical and period films.… Read More

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1902 Birth Born on August 11, 1902.


1918 15 Years Old The childhood and adolescence that Shearer once described as "a pleasant dream" ended in 1918, when her father's company collapsed and older sister, Athole, suffered her first serious mental breakdown. … Read More
1920 17 Years Old In January 1920, the three Shearer women arrived in New York, each of them dressed up for the occasion. "I had my hair in little curls," Shearer remembered, "and I felt very ambitious and proud." … Read More


1923 20 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In January 1923, Shearer received an offer from Louis B. Mayer Pictures, a studio in Northeast Los Angeles that was run by a small-time producer, Louis B. Mayer.
1925 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  By late 1925, she was carrying her own films, and was one of MGM's biggest attractions, a bona fide star. … Read More
1927 24 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1927, Shearer had made a total of 13 silent films for MGM. … Read More
1930 27 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was nominated six times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won once, for her performance in the 1930 film The Divorcee. … Read More
1931 28 Years Old 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. … Read More


1939 36 Years Old In 1939, she attempted an unusual role in the dark comedy Idiot's Delight, adapted from the 1936 Robert E. Sherwood play. … Read More
1942 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1942, Shearer unofficially retired from acting. … Read More


1960 57 Years Old In 1960, her secretary stated: "Miss Shearer does not want any publicity. … Read More


1983 80 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 12, 1983, Shearer died of bronchial pneumonia at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California, where she had been living since 1980. … Read More
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