Interesting facts about dating in the 1920s
She received six Academy Award nominations, winning for her role in Edith Norma Shearer was born into a wealthy family in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on August 11, 1902 (some sources state that she was born in 1900; others have stated 1904; we are going by her baptismal record).After the family lost its money during World War I, Shearer's mother decided that her pretty daughter becoming a star was the answer to their financial woes.Shearer married MGM's studio chief, Irving Thalberg, in 1927.The marriage, combined with her hard work, helped her become a star in the 1930s.Note: Interracial marriage can convey a relationship between a Black and an Asian, a White and an Asian, a Hispanic and an Asian, a White and a Hispanic, etc.In this particular list I have included only black and white relationships.Pearl Mae Bailey was a famous actress and singer and Louie Bellson was a famous jazz drummer, composer and bandleader.
Beginning in the 1920s, nightclub-goers in Berlin who feared face-to-face encounters could communicate with beautiful strangers from across the room. At the Resi (also called the Residenz-Casino), a large nightclub with a live band and a dance floor that held 1,000 people, an elaborate system of table phones and pneumatic tubes allowed for anonymous, late-night flirtation between complete strangers.In 1931, during the heyday of this across-the-nightclub flirtation, described the process of receiving a call from an amorous stranger: “the tabletop telephones buzzed, and the acquaintance with the blonde, raven-haired or redheaded, monocle-wearing beauty was made, one was no longer alone, and had twice as much fun.” (At the Ballhaus Berlin, this numbered phone system still lives today—check out photos here.) Similar systems thrived at the Femina, the larger of the two nightclubs, which boasted more than 2,000 seats, “two large bars and a smaller one in the vestibule, in addition to three orchestras, a hydraulic dance floor,” and over 225 table telephones, which were accompanied by instructions in both German and English.But for those who were too shy to pick up the phone, the pneumatic tubes offered a perfect alternative.Florenz Ziegfeld turned her down when she auditioned for his Follies, saying, "You are not tall enough for a showgirl, and you cannot dance." Shearer was also criticized for having thick legs and slightly misaligned eyes.Despite these setbacks, she persevered until she was cast in a few small film roles. Thalberg noticed Shearer's performance in Shearer appeared in a few silent movies, but her time in Hollywood coincided with the transition from silent films to sound.