Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Finally you include Norma. She might've had a squint, and slept her way to the top, but she was up there for a while!
I suppose that the perception is that she only became a star because she was, as her rival Joan Crawford put it "sleeping with the boss", but I don't think it's entirely deserved. Take a look at her credits from 1922 to 1927 and you can see she was already establishing herself. She may have been sleeping her way to the top even then but this implies five years of casting couches before she nailed Thalberg. I hate to say it but while she was no Kay Fwancis let alone a Crawford, she had some level of competency as an actress.
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