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Overview for Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer

Norma Shearer


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Also Known As: Died: June 12, 1983
Born: August 10, 1902 Cause of Death: bronchial pneumonia
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, CA Profession: Cast ...


Moved with mother, brother, and sister to New York; began appearing in films in bit parts (e.g., "The Flapper" and D.W. Griffith's "Way Down East")
Worked as model; appeared as "Miss Lotta Miles" in tire advertisements
Signed with MGM; moved to California
Began appearing in leading roles; had major successes in "He Who Gets Slapped" and "The Snob"
Appeared in single loan-out during two-decade tenure at MGM, in "Waking Up the Town"
Made successful talkie debut, "The Trial of Mary Dugan"
Appeared on exhibitors' poll of ten most popular boxoffice stars for three years in a row, in sixth, ninth and tenth place, respectively
Took lengthy vacation in Europe with Thalberg as he recovered from heart attack
Returned to films; made two popular films, "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" and "Riptide"
Took another year off from filmmaking to give birth to daughter Katherine; began preliminary work toward the end of the year on "Romeo and Juliet" (1936)
Death of Thalberg; retreat into seclusion; contracted pneumonia
Resisted a flat settlement with MGM regarding Thalberg's estate; held MGM executives to an agreement Thalberg had forged: successfully fought for her stock and for a percentage of the profits made on all films produced from the inception of MGM in 1924 through the end of December, 1938
Successfully returned to films to make "Marie Antoinette", which Thalberg had prepared for production; signed six-picture deal with MGM at $150,000 per film
Turned down starring roles in "Gone With the Wind" and "Mrs. Miniver" (dates approximate)
Starred in what is perhaps her best-remembered film, the all-star, all-female "The Women"
Last film, "Her Cardboard Lover"
Turned down co-starring but secondary role opposite Bette Davis in "Old Acquaintance"
Made preliminary agreement to star in films for producer David Lewis' Enterprise Productions; company had financial problems; no films made
Discovered Janet Leigh (nee Jeanette Morrison) while on skiing vacation; helped set up screen test for her at MGM
Turned down offer by producer David Merrick to star in Broadway revival of "Lady in the Dark" in the early 1950s
Selected Robert Evans to play the role of Irving Thalberg in a film about the life of film star Lon Chaney, "Man of a Thousand Faces"

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