Norma Shearer was a Canadian-American actress, best known for her role as ‘Jerry Bernard Martin’ in the film ‘The Divorcee’ (1930). She won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Actress’ for her spectacular performance in the film. Norma set an example for women in Hollywood by becoming the first celebrated feminist in the industry. Overall, she earned the ‘Academy Award’ nomination for five films - ‘Their Own Desire’ (1929), ‘A Free Soul’ (1931), ‘The Barretts of Wimpole Street’ (1934), ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (1936), and ‘Marie Antoinette’ (1938). Norman made her first film appearance in ‘The Star Boarder’ (1919). Her first sound film was ‘The Trial of Mary Dugan’ (1929), which was a huge success. Her other box-office hits include ‘Smilin' Through’ (1932), ‘The Barretts of Wimpole Street’ (1934), ‘Gone With The Wind’ (1939), and ‘Escape’ (1940). Her unsuccessful film projects include ‘We Were Dancing’ (1942) and ‘Her Cardboard Lover (1942).
The plot of the movie, adapted from the 1919 play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin, concerns John Carteret who looses his fiancé, Moonyeen Clare on the wedding day. Years later, he is given the custody of a five year old Kathleen, Moonyeen‘s niece. A grown up Kathleen is the mirror image of her aunt and John adores her. However, he is aghast when she falls for the son of the man who killed Moonyeen.
The Christmas Party is a short drama film, which tells the story of Jackie, who is willing to throw a Christmas party for his friends on his football team. However, he is unsure how to begin working on it, and therefore, has to take help.
Lord Phillip Rexford and Mary is a happily married couple of London. When Rexford goes to America for business, Mary visits a relative in Riviera and encounters her ex-beau Tommie Treal, who pursues her into a situation that creates scandal. Rexford, refusing to believe Mary, grows distant and decides to divorce her. But the distrust may lead to problems in their lives.
This is a silent romantic drama film focusing on a convict’s daughter, who earns her living as a taxi dancer. Saved from an unwanted advance by a friend of her boyfriend, she falls for him. Also in love with him is the daughter of the judge who sent her father to prison 18 years ago.
An adaptation of Ursula Parrott’s synonymous book, the film tells the story of Lisbeth, who believes that freedom is an essential part of love and marriage. Despite having a loyal fiancée in Steve, she enters into a steamy relationship with Alan, a journalist. But when she hears that he is married and is going abroad, she begins to react differently.
The Cardboard Lover is a romantic comedy film, revolving around a wealthy woman, who wants to stop her ex-boyfriend from pursuing her. Therefore, she hires a young songwriter who is in need of money, to pretend to be her new lover. However, problem arises when the man actually falls in love with her.
After finding out that there is an insanity running in her husband’s family, Nina Leeds decides to have a love child with a doctor, and lets her husband believes the child is his.
This 1931 short film revolves around the stolen pearls of Norma Shearer. After the theft, a detective is sent to interrogate the party guests, most of which are famous Hollywood stars.
Norma Shearer Awards
|The Divorcee||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1930|