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Norma Shearer Biography:
Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 –
June 12, 1983) was an Canadian actress born in Montreal, Quebec.
She was one of the Canadian pioneers in
early Hollywood. Starting as a film extra in 1920, she was already a
popular star in 1927 when she married MGM's chief of production (and
second in command) Irving Thalberg, with whom she had two children.
Shearer won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in The
Divorcee in 1930.This was one of a series of roles in sophisticated
yet racy pre-code dramas, and Norma was at her best. She was nominated
the same year for her role in Their Own Desire, in 1931 for her
role in A Free Soul, in 1934 for The Barretts of Wimpole
Street, in 1936 for Romeo and Juliet, and in 1938 for Marie
Antoinette which was reputedly her favorite role.
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|A great beauty and relatively
restrained in both comedy and tragedy, she settled mostly for
"Great Woman" roles. Her screen persona remains indistinct,
but particularly after Thalberg's death in 1936 she had a series of
surpringly effective performances in smaller and more offbeat vehicles.
Following Thalberg's death, Shearer
embarked upon a series of little known but enthusiastic love affairs,
including one with teenage film star Mickey Rooney and tough-guy actor
George Raft. She retired from acting in 1942 and married Martín Arrouge,
a ski enthusiast twenty years her junior. Confounding the skeptics, they
were still happily married at the time of her death, though in her
declining years she reportedly called Arrouge "Irving."
She has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame at 6636 Hollywood Boulevard, and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial
Park Cemetery, in a crypt emblazoned with the name "Norma Arrouge,"
next to fellow film star Jean Harlow.
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