1925 Norma Shearer Rarest Silent Film Portrait Vamp From Her Estate Art Deco Wow For Sale
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ITEM: You are offerding on a spectacularly rare early portrait photograph of Norma Shearer in flapper, dancehall girl, nightclub jazz age temptress costume from her 1925 film Lady of the Night. One of her early film roles, this featured Shearer playing dual roles of a girl gone wrong and one made good. This comes from Shearer's personal collection, and was taken from a series of antique scrapbooks in which she kept a set of photographs from her early roles. Even for her, they were hard to come by, and many of the photographs in the scrapbooks seem to have been researched and rediscovered by Thalberg and Shearer after their marriage. This image in particular is nearly impossible to come by, and it is a wonderful addition to any collection of Old Hollywood, jazz age photography or Norma Shearer memorabilia. Just wonderful in concept, execution, and provenance. 100% guaranteed original and vintage. Measures 8" x 10"
CONDITION: This 1st generation original single weight old photo is in fine condition, there is adhesive remnant on verso from the scrapbook and some minor softness in corners, a little curl and a tiny bit of loss to the emulsion in the margin on the right. It is really beautiful. 100% guaranteed vintage and original.
Mini Biography 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. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to correct her cross-eyed stare caused by a muscle weakness. Irving Thalberg had seen her early acting 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. In 1927, she insisted on firing the director Viktor Tourjansky because he was unsure of her cross-eyed stare. 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 1930s, relying on major roles in Thalberg's prestige projects: The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) and Romeo and Juliet (1936) (her fifth Oscar nomination). Thalberg died of a second heart attack in September, 1936, at age 37. 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 in Gone with the Wind (1939), but public objection to her cross-eyed stare 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, eleven years younger than she (he waived community property rights). From then on, she shunned the limelight; she was in very poor health the last decade of her life. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan
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1925 Norma Shearer Rarest Silent Film Portrait Vamp From Her Estate Art Deco Wow: $282