Norma Shearer was a motion-picture star of the Hollywood studio era. She was the first star created by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the industry’s most successful studio. Audiences responded to her beauty, poise, and versatility, making her a star within two years of her M-G-M debut. Shearer’s stardom was already secure when she married M-G-M’s production manager Irving G. Thalberg and became the “First Lady of M-G-M.”
Shearer was one of the few silent-film stars who remained stars in the sound era, adapting to both the worldly characters of the pre-Code period and the romantic roles of the Golden Era. In sixteen years as a star, she was nominated six times for an Academy Award® but won only once, in 1930, for The Divorcee.
Shearer was a pre-Code vanguard and managed her own career, choosing vehicles, cultivating artists, and negotiating contracts, so she has been re-evaluated by film scholars as a feminist pioneer. The goal of this website is to provide accurate, newly discovered information about an artist whose work is still exhibited and studied.