Norma Shearer (1902–1983)

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She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to correct her cross-eyed stare caused by a muscle ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

The Divorcee Jerry
A Free Soul Jan Ashe
Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette
The Barretts of Wimpole Street Elizabeth Barrett


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 1942 Her Cardboard Lover
Consuelo Croyden
 1942 We Were Dancing
Vicki Wilomirska
 1940 Escape
Countess von Treck
 1939 The Women
Mrs. Stephen Haines (Mary)
 1939 Idiot's Delight
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette
 1936 Romeo and Juliet
Juliet - Daughter to Capulet
 1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Elizabeth Barrett
 1934 Riptide
Lady Mary Rexford
 1932 Smilin' Through
Kathleen / Moonyeen Clare
 1932 Strange Interlude
Nina Leeds
 1931 The Christmas Party (Short)
Norma Shearer (uncredited)
 1931 Private Lives
Amanda Prynne
 1931 A Free Soul
Jan Ashe
 1931 Strangers May Kiss
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Owner of Stolen Jewels
 1930 Let Us Be Gay
Kitty Brown
 1930 The Divorcee
 1929 Their Own Desire
 1929 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
Fay Cheyney
 1929 A Man's Man
Norma Shearer (uncredited)
 1929 The Trial of Mary Dugan
Mary Elizabeth Dugan
 1928 A Lady of Chance
Dolly Morgan aka Angel Face
 1928 The Actress
Rose Trelawny
 1928 The Latest from Paris
Ann Dolan
 1927 After Midnight
Mary Miller
 1927 The Demi-Bride
 1926 Upstage
Dolly Haven
 1926 The Waning Sex
Nina Duane
 1926 The Devil's Circus
 1925 His Secretary
Ruth Lawrence
 1925 The Tower of Lies
Glory or Goldie
 1925 A Slave of Fashion
Katherine Emerson
 1925 Pretty Ladies
Frances White
 1925 Waking Up the Town
Mary Ellen Hope
 1925 Lady of the Night
Molly Helmer / Florence Banning
 1925 Excuse Me
Marjorie Newton
 1924 The Snob
Nancy Claxton
 1924 He Who Gets Slapped
 1924 Married Flirts
Norma Shearer (uncredited)
 1924 Empty Hands
Claire Endicott
 1924 Broken Barriers
Grace Durland
 1924 Broadway After Dark
Rose Dulane
 1924 Blue Water
Lillian Denton
 1924 The Trail of the Law
Jerry Vardon
 1923 The Wolf Man
Elizabeth Gordon
 1923 Lucretia Lombard
Mimi Winship (as Norma Sherer)
 1923 The Wanters
 1923 Pleasure Mad
Elinor Benton
 1923 The Devil's Partner
 1923 Man and Wife
Dora Perkins
 1923 A Clouded Name
Marjorie Dare
 1922 The Bootleggers
Helen Barnes
 1922 Channing of the Northwest
Jess Driscoll
 1922 The Taming of the Shrewd (Short)
Rose Del Mar
 1922 The Man Who Paid
Jeanne Thornton
 1922 The Leather Pushers
Rose Del Mar (Round Five, First Series)
 1920 The Stealers
Julie Martin
 1920 Torchy's Millions (Short) (uncredited)
 1920 The Restless Sex
Reveler at Artists Ball (uncredited)
 1920 Way Down East
Barn Dancer (uncredited)
 1920 The Flapper
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
 1919 The Star Boarder (Short)
Big V Beauty Squad Member (uncredited)
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1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 25 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Miss Norma Shearer | Norma Sherer


5' 1" (1.55 m)


Martin Arrouge  (her death) | See more »


Edith Shearer


Athole Shearer (sibling) | See more »

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I get whatever placidity I have from my father. But my mother taught me how to take it on the chin. See more »


She converted to Judaism in 1927 in order to marry Irving Thalberg. Even after he died, she continued to observe Judaism until her own death in 1983. See more »


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