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Norma Shearer: A Life

Lambert, Gavin

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ISBN 10: 0394551583 / ISBN 13: 9780394551586
Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, NY, 1990
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First edition. Cloth, 381 pps. with index. Illustrated. Scarce bioraphy of early film star Norma Shearer. The embodiment of elegance, Shearer was the most versitile actress during the 20s, 30s and 40s at MGM. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # E5466

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Title: Norma Shearer: A Life

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, NY

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hard Cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Yes

Edition: First

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Drawing on the reminiscences of friends and colleagues, as well as on private archives, this evocative portrait of the great Hollywood star captures the triumphant film career and tragic private life of Norma Shearer

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One of the few stars of the silent era to seque successfully into sound films, Norma Shearer (1902-1983) immersed herself in the art of cinematic illusion, emerging as one of MGM's most talented and glittering early stars. The centerpiece of such classic films as Marie Antoinette , Private Lives and The Women , Shearer was equally well-known for her marriage to boy-mogul cum Hollywood myth Irving Thalberg. Lambert's opening chapter, in which he meets the long-retired, septuagenarian film legend in a Hollywood restaurant, holds the promise of a guided tour to the outer reaches of ambition and vanity. But Shearer's mask is opaque, and Lambert ( On Cukor ) is unable to peel it away. Preposterously vain and steel-willed even from the grave, the actress ultimately triumphs over her biographer as the keeper of her own flame. Photos. (May) .
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