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Beyond the Rocks

Beyond the Rocks

Sarah - Theodora's Older Sister #2: Has is proposed?
Theodora Fitzgerald: No, but I'm afraid he's going to.


--Gloria Swanson (as ) in Beyond the Rocks

The Affairs of Anatol

The Affairs of Anatol

Anatol Spencer: Let me take you away from all this rotten, hypocritical crowd! Let's go to some clean, sweet place in the Country where people are honest and decent - and find ourselves again!
Vivian Spencer: I'll go with you to the country, Tony, if I can be sure there'll be milk - but no *milk-maids*!


--Gloria Swanson (as Vivian Spencer) in The Affairs of Anatol

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Joe Gillis: [sarcastically] They'll love it in Pomona.
Norma Desmond: They'll love it everyplace.


--Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond) in Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Joe Gillis: I didn't know you were planning a comeback.
Norma Desmond: I hate that word. It's a return, a return to the millions of people who have never forgiven me for deserting the screen.


--Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond) in Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Joe Gillis: I'm not an executive, just a writer.
Norma Desmond: You are, are you? writing words, words, more words! Well, you'll make a rope of words and strangle this business! With a microphone there to catch the last gurgles, and Technicolor to photograph the red, swollen tongues!


--Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond) in Sunset Boulevard


Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.


--Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond) in Sunset Boulevard

Why Change Your Wife?

Why Change Your Wife?

Beth Gordon: Do you expect *me* to share your Oriental ideas? Do you want your *wife* to lure you like a - a - Oh why didn't you marry a Turk?


--Gloria Swanson (as Beth Gordon) in Why Change Your Wife?

Why Change Your Wife?

Why Change Your Wife?

Beth Gordon: Isn't he a darling? You know, the more I see of men the better I like dogs.


--Gloria Swanson (as Beth Gordon) in Why Change Your Wife?

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Norma Desmond: [Norma thinks Joe is a funeral director] I'd like the coffin to be white, and I want it specially lined with satin. White... or pink. Maybe red! Bright flaming red! Let's make it gay!


--Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond) in Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Norma Desmond: Don't be silly.
[hands Joe a present]
Norma Desmond: Here, I was going to give it to you at midnight.
Joe Gillis: Norma, I can't take it, you've bought me enough.
Norma Desmond: Shut up, I'm rich! I'm richer than all this new Hollywood trash! I've got a million dollars.
Joe Gillis: Keep it.
Norma Desmond: Own three blocks downtown, I've got oil in Bakersfield, pumping, *pumping*, pumping! What's it for but to buy us anything we want!
Joe Gillis: Cut out that "us" business!
Norma Desmond: What's the matter with you?
Joe Gillis: What right do you have to take me for granted?
Norma Desmond: What right? Do you want me to tell you?
Joe Gillis: Has it ever occurred to you that I may have a life of my own? That there may be some girl I'm crazy about?
Norma Desmond: Who? Some car hop, or dress extra?
Joe Gillis: What I'm trying to say is that I'm all wrong for you. You want a Valentino, somebody with polo ponies, a big shot!
Norma Desmond: What you're trying to say is that you don't want me to love you. Say it. Say it!
[slaps him hard across the face]


--Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond) in Sunset Boulevard

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