The Golden Age of Hollywood

In the 1930s and early 40s Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had many stars. In fact, “more stars than there are in heaven”, if we are to believe the studio’s own publicity. Their biggest stars were female, sometimes earning MGM the unofficial tag of “the women’s studio”.If Warner Bros. had Bette Davis and Paramount Gloria Swanson (at least in silent movies) as queens of their backlots, MGM, of course, didn’t have one but three queens during the Golden Age.Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford were all very different stars and each of them brought something unique to the films they made at the studio. Garbo was often a tragic heroine with Continental appeal; Shearer the glamorous housewife; and Crawford the most alluring shop girl in America, with a very tough interior.

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Comment by diane on November 19, 2010 at 7:26pm
I can remember reading comments from actresses who went to MGM to
make the odd film from different studios (especially Warners) that the
treatment they received at MGM made them feel like royalty.

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