Let’s give some Woman Crush Wednesday love to this leading lady of Hollywood’s early days!
The Tower of Lies (1925)
A “lost” film (meaning, no copies are known to exist). Norma Shearer plays the daughter of a farmer who marries her father’s landlord in order to save dad from debt.
Okay, technically a modern-set film, but Shearer plays an actress and she gets this killer wig/standing ruff combo that I have to include:
The Student Prince of Old Heidelberg (1927)
Set in the very recent past, 1901. An Austrian prince falls in love with a barmaid.
Smilin’ Through (1932)
It’s all pretty complicated, but basically Shearer plays both the accidentally-murdered love interest of Leslie Howard, who is able to commune spiritually with him, as well as her niece who looks just like her.
The real-life romance between Victorian poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, with costumes by Adrian.
Romeo and Juliet (1936)
Ya know, Shakespeare! With Leslie Howard again, and costumes by Adrian again.
Marie Antoinette (1938)
As the ill-fated queen, looking STUPENDOUSLY gorgeous. Another costumed by Adrian!
What’s your fave Norma Shearer historical costume role?