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Norma Shearer

Norma Shearer

  • Romeo and Juliet (1936) April 27 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
  • Women, The (1939) May 06 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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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 ...
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1920:
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
1923:
Signed with MGM; moved to California
1924:
Began appearing in leading roles; had major successes in "He Who Gets Slapped" and "The Snob"
1925:
Appeared in single loan-out during two-decade tenure at MGM, in "Waking Up the Town"
1929:
Made successful talkie debut, "The Trial of Mary Dugan"
1932:
Appeared on exhibitors' poll of ten most popular boxoffice stars for three years in a row, in sixth, ninth and tenth place, respectively
1933:
Took lengthy vacation in Europe with Thalberg as he recovered from heart attack
1934:
Returned to films; made two popular films, "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" and "Riptide"
1935:
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
1937:
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
1937:
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)
1939:
Starred in what is perhaps her best-remembered film, the all-star, all-female "The Women"
1942:
Last film, "Her Cardboard Lover"
1943:
Turned down co-starring but secondary role opposite Bette Davis in "Old Acquaintance"
1946:
Made preliminary agreement to star in films for producer David Lewis' Enterprise Productions; company had financial problems; no films made
1947:
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
1957:
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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