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|Also Known As:||Edith Norma Shearer||Died:||June 12, 1983|
|Born:||August 10, 1902||Cause of Death:||bronchial pneumonia|
|Birth Place:||Montreal, Quebec, CA||Profession:||Cast ... actor model piano player in movie theater music store clerk|
A child model and bit player in New York-based films whose appearance in "The Stealers" (1920) caught the attention of producer Irving Thalberg. Thalberg signed Shearer to a long-term contract with MGM in 1923 and she quickly became a popular star in such films as "He Who Gets Slapped" (1924), "His Secretary" (1925) and "The Student Prince" (1927), typically as a gentle but vivacious ingenue. Thalberg married his star in 1927, after which she had her pick of films, parts and directors. A striking and often lovely brunette actress with a great profile, Shearer compensated for a slight lack of conventional beauty with great poise, elegance and charm. She played a wide range of roles in a glittering array of films; among her most notable efforts were "The Divorcee" (1930), for which she won an Oscar, "A Free Soul" (1931), "Private Lives" (1931; an especially fine and rare comic performance at this stage in her career), "Smilin' Through" (1932; one of her loveliest performances, and most romantic films) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1936).
Frederick Bristol ( 2006-06-23 )
Source: The Norma Shearer Yahoo Group.
Katherine Thalberg passed away on January 5, 2006 after a two-year battle with cancer, at the age of 70.
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