She was the personification of elegance. Throughout the twenties, thirties, a forties she was the most versatile actress at the most opulent studio in Hollywood. Without ever having appeared on stage, she inherited on screen the great Broadway roles of her time: Katharine Cornell's, Lynn Fontanne's, Gertrude Lawrence's. No star worked harder to create an image of glamour. She was unfailingly attentive to detail, demanding that her costumes, her makeup, and, above all, her scenes, be perfect. By the time she was twenty-eight, Norma Shearer was MGM's Queen of the Lot. On the screen she embodied sophisticated charm, and audiences adored her subtle balance of refinement and playful eroticism.
Gavin Lambert, drawing on the reminiscences of Norma Shearer's friends and colleagues as well as letters, diaries, and private papers from studio archives, has produced a fascinating biography of an extraordinary woman whose youth was the youth of MGM and whose story is the story of Hollywood in her time.
This is a former library book and bears a withdrawal stamp inside. The cover shows evidence of wear but overall the book is in good condition.