~Silent Filmography~
~Norma Shearer~

Born: August 10, 1902 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: June 12, 1983 in Woodland Hills, California, USA
~The Los Angeles Times~
June 13 & 14, 1983
Norma Shearer was one of the last and most regal of Hollywood's film queens and one of the few to
move successfully from silent to sound pictures.

For three decades she portrayed some of the world's most heroic and tragic women, ranging from
Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Marie Antoinette to Shakespeare's Juliet.

Her silent films included: "The Stealers" (1920), "He Who Gets Slapped" (1924), "Tower of Lies"
(1925), "The Waning Sex" (1926), "The Student Prince" (1927), "The Actress" (1928).

But her repertoire of talkies was even larger: "The Trial of Mary Dugan" (1929), "The Divorcee"
(1929), "Let Us Be Gay" (1930), ""Strange Interlude" (1931), "Riptide" (1934), "Romeo and Juliet"
(1936), "Marie Antoinette" (1938), "The Women" (1939), "Escape" (1940) and "Her Cardboard Lover"

Miss Shearer broke into the motion pictures industry as a bit player for Universal Studios.

She met Irving Thalberg (her future husband) just after he joined the Mayer Company (soon to
become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) as production chief, and was placed under Mayer contract in 1923.

Thalberg not only meticulously followed her career but insisted that he have a direct hand in her
training and choice of roles. He was with her as she went from a simple shop girl, to a gang moll, to a
society princess and more. They married in 1927.

In 1929 she was given the lead in "The Trial of Mary Dugan," only MGM's second talkie, and its
success led to more roles for Miss Shearer.

The ultimate film accolade came in 1930 when she won her only Academy Award for her lead in "The
Divorcee," adapted from Ursula Parrott's best-seller, "Ex-Wife."

Thalberg's death in 1936 signaled the end of a legendary film era and the beginning of Miss Shearer's
decline at MGM.

She went into seclusion for 18 months but emerged to sign a three-year MGM contract at $150,000 a

In 1942 Shearer made her last film, "Her Cardboard Lover." On a vacation after the film she met a ski
instructor, Martin Arrouge, whom she married a months later.

— Burt A. Folkart and Dana Priest in the Los Angeles Times June 13 and 14, 1983
The Actress (1928) .... Rose Trelawny
... aka Trelawny of the Wells
The Latest from Paris (1928) .... Ann Dolan
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927) .... Kathi
... aka Old Heidelberg
... aka The Student Prince (UK)
After Midnight (1927) .... Mary Miller ... Movie Still Code: 319-X
The Demi-Bride (1927) .... Criquette
Upstage (1926) .... Dolly Haven
The Waning Sex (1926) .... Nina Duane
Screen Snapshots (Short documentary) (1926) ... Herself
The Devil's Circus (1926) .... Mary
His Secretary (1925) .... Ruth Lawrence
The Tower of Lies (1925) .... Glory or Goldie
A Slave of Fashion (1925) .... Katherine Emerson
Pretty Ladies (1925) .... Frances White
Waking Up the Town (1925) .... Mary Ellen Hope
Lady of the Night (1925) .... Molly Helmer/Florence Banning
Excuse Me (1925) .... Marjorie Newton
The Snob (1924) .... Nancy Claxton
He Who Gets Slapped (1924) .... Consuelo
Empty Hands (1924) .... Claire Endicott
Broken Barriers (1924) .... Grace Durland
Broadway After Dark (1924) .... Rose Dulane
Blue Water (1924) .... Lillian Denton
The Wolf Man (1924) .... Elizabeth Gordon
The Trail of the Law (1924) .... Jerry Vardon
Lucretia Lombard (1923) .... Mimi Winship
... aka Flaming Passion
The Wanters (1923) .... Marjorie
Pleasure Mad (1923) .... Elinor Benton
The Devil's Partner (1923) .... Jeanne
Man and Wife (1923) .... Dora Perkins
A Clouded Name (1923) .... Marjorie Dare
... aka A Clouded Mind (USA)
The Bootleggers (1922) .... Helen Barnes
Channing of the Northwest (1922) .... Jess Driscoll
The Man Who Paid (1922) .... Jeanne Thornton
The End of the World (1922)
The Leather Pushers (1922) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Role
The Sign on the Door (1921) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
The Stealers (1920) .... Julie Martin
Torchy's Millions (1920) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
The Restless Sex (1920) (uncredited) .... Extra
Way Down East (1920) (uncredited) .... Barn dancer
The Flapper (1920) (uncredited) .... Schoolgirl

The Star Boarder (1919) (uncredited) .... Member of the Big V Beauty Squad