Norma Shearer Exhibition and Museum Admission
Hollywood Heritage Museum presents “Free Soul: The Unexpected Life & Legacy of Norma Shearer” (September 23 to October 15, 2023) an exhibit curated by Shearer historian Darin Barnes. Includes rare and never-before-seen ephemera.
Time & Location
Oct 15, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT
Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
About the Event
Admission ticket includes both museum admission and Norma Shearer exhibit admission. Hollywood Heritage Members get free access to the museum (excludes tea party). Memberships will be verified but please still schedule an advance reservation.
Hollywood Heritage Museum presents “Free Soul: The Unexpected Life & Legacy of Norma Shearer” (September 23 to October 16, 2023) an exhibit curated by Shearer historian Darin Barnes. On the occasion of the centennial of Norma Shearer signing her first film contract, Hollywood Heritage celebrates one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, Canadian-American actress Norma Shearer (born August 11, 1902). In the 1930s she rose to become one of the biggest stars at the studio, second only to Greta Garbo. In 1927 she even married MGM’s Golden Boy, executive Irving Thalberg. The exhibit will contain rare items from the personal collection of Darin Barnes, collected over a 30-year period.
“I am thrilled to be able to publicly showcase exclusive items from my collection of rare and never-before-seen ephemera spanning Norma Shearer’s early life, film career, post-acting life and lasting influence on contemporary Hollywood,” says Barnes.
This is Hollywood Heritage's first major exhibition outside of our permanent collection. Collector Darin Barnes had curated from his 30 years of collecting on the actress who was once known as the Queen of the MGM lot. This is the first time the collection has been displayed and the first time that a Norma Shearer exhibition of this magnitude has been mounted.
An Exhibit Preview and Tea Party will launch the month-long Norma Shearer celebration on the museum’s porch on Saturday, September 23 from 11am to 3pm. Barnes will appear in the gallery to tell Norma Shearer tales, plus stories about how he came to acquire certain artifacts of her life including contracts, letters, costumes, photos and more.
+$0.25 service fee
Hollywood Heritage Members no RSVP required
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