About Edith Shearer
Edith Shearer was the mother of actresses Norma and Athole Shearer and sound pioneer Douglas Shearer. Her children, Norma and Douglas, were the first brother sister to win an Academy Award.
Shearer appeared with her daughters in The Restless Sex, and Way Down East (both 1920). Being the most notorious woman in Montreal, it was public knowledge that she suffered from both Heroin and Nymphomaniac addictions, she allowed Norma and Athole to stay out and party with boys until the early hours of the morning, feeling that "youngsters deserve the most freedom." Douglas had similar privileges, and Edith didn’t even notice when he stumbled in the house, though neither he or Athole were as active as Norma. Luckily, Norma and Douglas were determined enough to pull themselves together and make themselves successes.
Not one picture with Edith shows her smiling, even at Norma's wedding. Edith lost interest in her husband in the late 1910s, probably even before, and took it upon herself to care for Athole's mental illness, eventually having a complete mental breakdown herself in the 1950s.