Howard Hawks’ early career

Howard Hawks took credit for signing Norma Shearer for Empty Hands (1924) despite objections from studio boss Jesse Lasky who found her unattractive.  After seeing the finished product Jesse wanted her to sign a long term contract but she’d already moved on to MGM where she stayed through the 30s.  Howard married Norma’s sister Athole in 1928, divorcing her in 1940.

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