PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARJORIE S. FISHER, PALM BEACH
George W. Headley Retrospective, The Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, September 19, 2006 - January 7, 2007.
Annette Trapert, The Power of Glamour, page 81.
Suzanne Tennenbaum and Janet Zapata, The Jeweled Garden: A Colorful History of Gems, Jewels and Nature, page 106.
Vinciane Van Grotenhuis van Onstein, Diamond Divas, pages 157 and 203.
Vogue, New York, August 1, 1941, pages 28-29.
Canadian-born Norma Shearer (1902-1983) was determined to be an actress after seeing a vaudeville show on her ninth birthday. With steely determination and hard work she achieved her dreams, signing a contract with MGM in 1923. Within four years Shearer made a total of 13 silent films for MGM that were box office hits. Unlike many stars of the 1920s, Shearer made the transition from silent films to 'talkies,' with ease, helped by her melodic medium-pitched voice. Usually portraying a sophisticated, liberated woman, Shearer's most notable role was in The Divorcee, which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress in 1930. Throughout her career she would be nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, with Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo as her main competitors.
Created at a time when both jeweler and star were in their heyday, this set is a sublime example of Flato at his best and most dramatic.
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