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.
Norma Shearer Awards
|The Divorcee||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1930|