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Norma Shearer, First Jewish Woman to Win Oscar, 1930

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

On This Day in Jewish History: August 10th, 1930


#onthisday, August 10th, 1930 - Norma Shearer became the first Jewish woman to win an Oscar Academy Award for acting.


She received the award for her role in "The Divorcee", a movie about a love triangle between rich New Yorkers. Throughout her career, Shearer was nominated five times for an Academy Award for acting, only winning this one time.


Shearer rose to fame after catching the attention of Irving Thalberg, a producer at MGM, who she later married - converting to Judaism in the process.


Although many critics could not understand how she rose to fame, she was a hit among audiences and continued to star in movies until Thalberg’s death in 1937.


Shearer's characters were considered unique in their outgoing sexuality during a time when these "liberal" portrayals of women were considered taboo. For this, she is considered a pioneer of the feminist movement for becoming the first American actress to make it "acceptable to be single and not a virgin on screen"


After her husband's death, she wanted to retire but she was still under contract with MGM. She was in a couple more films before retiring in 1942 and leaving the limelight.


Shearer passed away in 1983 and would, by then, be best known for her work in her more "noble" roles of "Marie Antoinette" and "The Women"


Text Source: https://www.altfg.com/film/norma-shearer/

Image Source: https://www.screenchic.com/post/the-gowns-by-effect-15-escapist-films-of-the-1930s

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