Happy Birthday: Norma Shearer (1902-1983)

Actress Norma Shearer holds a double place of honor in the eyes of classic film fans. Not only was the actress the wife of MGM “Boy Genius” Irving Thalberg, but she also stands as a talented performer in her own right.

Shearer quickly rose to prominence during the silent era. However, her career strengthened with the the advent of synched sound pictures. Some of her most remembered works like The Divorcee and A Free Soul come from this early pre-code period.

Shearer’s career slowed after the death of her husband in 1936. However movies like MGM’s take on Romeo and Juliet are still well-remembered entries into her filmography. Shearer stepped away from the screen in 1942. Her last role came in the feature Her Cardboard Lover.

Norma Shearer would be celebrating her 116th birthday today.

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