Edith Norma Shearer (or simply Norma Shearer; 10 August 1902 – 12 June 1983) was a Canadian and American actress. She was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. She usually played a girl-next-door in her early movies. For most of the Pre-Code movie era (starting with The Divorcee in 1930, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar), she performed as sexually liberated females in sophisticated contemporary comedy movies. She later appeared in historical and period movies.