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Job Actress, producer
Years active 1914-1981
Top Roles Kitty Kelly / Queen Kelly, Stenographer, Sadie Thompson, Lady Mary Lasenby, Nella Vago
Top GenresSilent Films, Drama, Comedy, Romance, Short Films, Film Adaptation
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Drama), Based on Play
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Gloria Swanson Overview:

Legendary actress, Gloria Swanson, was born Gloria May Josephine Svensson on Mar 27, 1899 in Chicago, IL. Swanson died at the age of 84 on Apr 4, 1983 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest Cemetery in Manhattan, NY.



Although Swanson was nominated for three Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1927/28Best ActressSadie Thompson (1928)Sadie ThompsonNominated
1929/30Best ActressThe Trespasser (1929)Marion DonnellNominated
1950Best ActressSunset Blvd. (1950)Norma DesmondNominated

She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures. Gloria Swanson's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #8 on 1927.

BlogHub Articles:

By Michele on Sep 14, 2015 From Timeless Hollywood

During the silent era was the Queen of Hollywood. She was a modern woman, an early sex symbol and personified glamour. Swanson was one of the most photographed women in the world. She had to fight to prove her talent as an actress and was nominated for an Academy Award three times for... Read full article

The Debt Actresses Owe William Somerset Maugham: from to Annette Bening

By Judy on Feb 19, 2015 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

I’ve read many glowing tributes to the stars of The Letter, Being Julia, Of Human Bondage, and Sadie Thompson over the years. While I’ve never questioned the talents of these actresses, I have always credited much of their brilliance in these parts to William Somerset Maugham. Their strengths are on... Read full article

What? be rude to you? Never! The very idea! Animated GIF

By Fritzi Kramer on Oct 10, 2014 From Movies Silently

By Fritzi Kramer on October 10, 2014 in Blog, GIF, Humor returned to her comedy roots in Manhandled, a romantic comedy that is not nearly as sassy as the title suggests. In this case, she is a shop girl who has been given a bit of grief by her boss. She knows how to handle him, though... Read full article

Cinema Style--Edith Head Gets Ready for her Close-Up in SUNSET BOULEVARD

on Sep 8, 2014 From GlamAmor

Few films capture the feel of Hollywood better than director Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950). Though much of the movie feels almost dreamlike (starting with voiceover narration that comes courtesy of a dead man), in many ways it couldn't be more real. Wilder wove fact in with fiction at ever... Read full article

Photoplay Cookbook: ’s “Cream Fudge”

By Fritzi Kramer on Aug 21, 2014 From Movies Silently

By Fritzi Kramer on August 21, 2014 in Article, Blog, Feature, Photoplay Cookbook Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook (recipes of the stars!) and you are invited to tag along. (I have listed all the recipes I have tested on this dedicated page. Check back often.) To... Read full article

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Gloria Swanson Quotes:

Theodora Fitzgerald: [to Lord Bracondale, after he has saved her life twice] Fate seems to send you to me when I most need you, Lord Bracondale.

Theodora Fitzgerald: I could never live under the shadow of my broken world!

Norma Desmond: They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who've we got now? Some nobodies!

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Gloria Swanson Facts
Was engaged to Marshall Neilan for some time in the 1920s.

Godmother of director/writer Dirk Wayne Summers, and had signed to appear in The Great Sex War (1969), a film he was producing in Mexico. However, Swanson and her soon to be husband, William Dufty, took it upon themselves (without being asked) to rewrite the screenplay. The "changes" in the script that Swanson desired were not ones that Summers wanted to include, so they mutually released each other from their contracts. This did not impact their close relationship, apparently. Swanson accompanied Summers to Mexico for a location scouting trip.

When she died, her book collection was sold to the Gotham Book Mart in New York City. All of the books were concerned with health and nutrition.

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