Original Glamorous Norma Shearer Vintage Photo 1930s

An 8x10 B&W ~ORIGINAL VINTAGE~ Glamorous Norma Shearer Photo. Dated: 1930s.Very m inor surface wear, otherwise ph oto is in excellent condition .

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. Irving Thalberg had seen her early efforts and, when he joined Louis B. Mayer in 1923, gave her a five year contract. He thought she should retire after their marriage, but she wanted bigger parts. Her first talkie was in The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929); four movies later she won an Oscar in The Divorcee (1930). She intentionally cut down film exposure during the thirties, relying on major roles in Thalberg's prestige projects: The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Romeo and Juliet (1936) (her fifth Oscar nomination). Thalberg died of pneumonia September 1936, aged thirty-seven. Norma wanted to retire but MGM more-or-less forced her into a six-picture contract. David O. Selznick offered her the part of Scarlett O'Hara, but public objection killed the deal. She starred in The Women (1939), turned down the starring role in Mrs. Miniver (1942), and retired in 1942. Later that year she married Sun Valley ski instructor Martin Arrouge, twenty years

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