moira finnie wrote:I guess it was all in fun and in the interests of escaping her grief over her late husband, but I always found the idea of Norma and Raft as a couple kind of odd...b.
So did Louis B. Mayer, who commented: "A nice Jewish girl like Norma shouldn't go out with a roughneck like that." Rumor has it that it was Mayer who put the kibosh on co-starring Norma and George in a remake of A FREE SOUL.
Anyhoo, the relationship was the one of the three serious Raft romances where he didn't actively pursue marriage. But he was close to a father image to Norma's two children during the time he and Miss Shearer were a couple. Try to picture George Raft building sand castles on the beach with Norma's little daughter.