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Title
Norma Shearer at movie premiere
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1938
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.; Photograph was edited for publication purposes.
Edith Norma Shearer was born on August 10, 1902 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She was one of the most popular actresses in the 1920s and 30s. Moving with her mother and sister to New York in 1920, she started out modeling and appeared in several silent films. She caught the eye of producer Hal Roach and in 1923 moved to Hollywood with a contract for $250 a week from Louis B. Mayer Pictures. MGM was formed the next year and Shearer was given starring roles. She became one of their biggest attractions and by 1925 was earning $1000 a week, rising to $5000 a week over the next five years. While at MGM, she met film producer Irving Thalberg, nicknamed "The Boy Wonder" for his youth and uncanny ability to produce very profitable films. They married in 1927 and had two children. In 1930 she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the film "The Divorcee." After Thalberg's death in 1936, she continued to act, finally retiring in 1942. That same year, she married Martin Arrouge, a former ski instructor. She remained active in the Hollywood social scene until 1960 when she desired more privacy. She died on June 12, 1983.
Photograph caption dated July 14, 1938 reads "Norma Shearer, whose starring picture, 'Marie Antoinette,' was lavishly premiered the other night, is shown arriving at the gala 'Algiers' first night with John Swope, actor-photographer, most of Hollywood's 'big names' attended." The couple is dressed in formal wear. The event was held at the Four Star Theater on Wilshire Boulevard. A photographer with a large camera is to their right and a police officer is on the left.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00115421
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1763
CARL0005372715
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32843
Subject
Shearer, Norma,--1902-1983
Swope, John
Four Star Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Photographers--California--Los Angeles
Police--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture premieres--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Motion picture theaters--California--Hancock Park (Los Angeles)
Hancock Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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