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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.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00115421 HeraldÂ Examiner Collection HE box 1763 CARL0005372715 http://18.104.22.168/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/32843
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