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Norma Shearer

Edith Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 – June 12, 1983) was a Canadian American actress and Hollywood star from 1925 through 1942. Shearer often played spunky, sexually liberated ingenues. She appeared in adaptations of Noël Coward, Eugene O'Neill, and William Shakespeare, and was the first person to be nominated five times for an Academy Award for acting, winning Best Actress for her performance in the 1930 film The Divorcee.

Reviewing Shearer's work, Mick LaSalle called her "the exemplar of sophisticated 1930s womanhood ... exploring love and sex with an honesty that would be considered frank by modern standards". As a result, Shearer is celebrated as a feminist pioneer, "the first American film actress to make it chic and acceptable to be single and not a virgin on screen".

Birth and Death Data: Born August 10th, 1902 (Montreal), Died June 12th, 1983 (Woodland Hills)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PCVE-68308 12-in. 9/1/1931 Test for Miss Norma Shearer Norma Shearer Dubbed recording : Talk speaker  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shearer, Norma," accessed July 31, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104954.

Shearer, Norma. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 31, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104954.

"Shearer, Norma." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 31 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104954

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