Norma Shearer Thank You Note to Marian Marsh. A sad piece of true Golden Age Hollywood history: a 4" x 5" black-bordered card from Norma Shearer, with the pre-printed sentiment, "Irving Thalberg's Wife and Family thank you for your kind expression of sympathy, the memory of which will remain always." Thalberg, of course, was MGM's "Boy Wonder" producer; he had died of pneumonia September 14, 1936, at his Santa Monica beach mansion at the the age of only 37. His wife Norma (for whom Thalberg had just personally produced Romeo and Juliet, with Norma as Juliet), six-year old son and baby daughter survived him. The mourning in Hollywood was genuine. This card was in response to a note of condolence from Marian Marsh, and comes with the original hand-addressed black-bordered envelope, postmarked "Beverly Hills, California" October 2, 1936," with its three-cent stamp. There's a tiny light stain under the card's right center border, otherwise it is in Very Fine condition. Thalberg's legacy included being the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's final novel The Last Tycoon, as well as the Motion Picture Academy's Irving Thalberg Award. Norma Shearer lived until 1983, and although she had remarried in 1942, she's entombed in Thalberg's crypt at the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale California. From the Marian Marsh Archive.

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