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Swanson in 1950

Source: Wikipedia

Gloria May Josephine Swanson (/ˈswɑːnsən/; March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) was an American actress, singer, and producer perhaps best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film, Sunset Boulevard. She was one of the most prominent stars during the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. She starred in dozens of silent films and was nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category. She also produced her own films, including Sadie Thompson and The Love of Sunya. In 1929, Swanson transitioned to talkies with The Trespasser. Personal problems and changing tastes saw her popularity wane during the 1930s when she moved into theater and television.

Fact file

  • Born: Gloria May Josephine Swanson March 27, 1899 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Died: April 4, 1983 (aged 84) New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Heart ailment
  • Resting place: Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York City
  • Other names: Gloria Mae, Miss Gloria Swanson
  • Education: Hawthorne Scholastic Academy
  • Occupation: Actress, producer
  • Years active: 1914–1981
  • Religion: Lutheran
  • Spouse(s): Wallace Beery (m. 1916; div. 1919) Herbert K. Somborn (m. 1919; div. 1925) Henri de la Falaise (m. 1925; div. 1930) Michael Farmer (m. 1931; div. 1934) William Davey (m. 1945; div. 1946) William Dufty (m. 1976–83)
  • Children: Gloria Swanson Somborn (1920-2000) Sonny Smith (Joseph Patrick Swanson) (1922–1975) adopted Michele Bridget Farmer (b. 1932)
  • Parent(s): Joseph Svensson Adelaide Klanoski

Read more about Gloria Swanson at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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THE DVD SHELF: "Perfect Understanding," Harold Lloyd's "Safety Last!," Political Thriller "House of Cards" and "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"
Playbill Combined , 2013-06-30 04:00:00
This month's column looks at the obscure talkie "Perfect Understanding," with Gloria Swanson and Laurence Olivier; Harold Lloyd's silent classic "Safety Last!"; Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards" and a complete box set of the early '60s sitcom, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis." *

THE DVD SHELF: "Perfect Understanding," Harold Lloyd's "Safety Last!," Political Thriller "House of Cards" and "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"
Playbill Combined , 2013-06-30 04:00:00
This month's column looks at the obscure talkie "Perfect Understanding," with Gloria Swanson and Laurence Olivier; Harold Lloyd's silent classic "Safety Last!"; Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards" and a complete box set of the early '60s sitcom, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis." *

Classic Hollywood: 'Show People' sends up showbiz at the Goldwyn
LA Times Entertainme, 2012-10-29 02:45:00
'Show People' (1928), starring Marion Davies and directed by King Vidor, satirizes Hollywood in general and Gloria Swanson's career in particular."Show People," the 1928 satire of Hollywood, could be considered the great-grandfather of last year's "The Artist," the Oscar-winning homage to the early days of filmmaking. The fast-paced comedy, starring ...

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