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Gloria Swanson

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Gloria May Josephine Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 04, 1983) wis an American actress an producer best lent for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. Gloria Swanson was born Gloria May Josephine Svensson on March 27, 1899 to Joseph Svensson and Adelaide Klanowski in the Lake View district of Chicago. Her faither was employed by the U.S. Army transport service so the faimily moved frequently during her childhood. Gloria Swanson, original name Gloria May Josephine Svensson, (born March 17,1899, Chicago, Ill., U.S.—died April 04,1983, New York, N.Y.), Gloria Swanson was born Gloria May Josephine Svensson in Chicago, Illinois. She was destined to be aiblins one of the biggest stars of the silent movie era. Her personality and antics in private definitely made her a favorite with America's movie-going public. Gloria certainly didn't intend on going into show business. After her formal education in the Chicago schuil system and elsewhere, she began work in a department store as a salesclerk. In 1915, at the age of 18, she decided to go to a Chicago movie studio with an aunt to see how motion pictures were made. She was plucked out of the crowd, because of her beauty, to be included as a bit player in the film The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). In her next film, she was an extra also, when she appeared in At the End of a Perfect Day (1915). After another uncredited role, Gloria got a more substantial role in Sweedie Goes to College (1915). In 1916, she first appeared with future husband Wallace Beery. Once married, the two pulled up stakes in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles to the film colony of Hollywood. Once out west, Gloria continued her torrid pace in films. She seemed to be in hit after hit in such films as The Pullman Bride (1917), Shifting Sands (1918), and Don't Change Your Husband (1919). By the time of the latter, Gloria had divorced Beery and was remarried, but it was not to be her last marriage, as she collected a total of six husbands. By the middle 1920s, she was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. It has been said that Gloria made and spent over $8 million in the '20s alone. That, along with the seven marriages she had, kept the fans spellbound with her escapades for over 60 years. They just couldn't get eneuch o her. Gloria was 30 when the sound revolution hit, and there was speculation as to whether she could adapt. She did. In 1928, she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role of Sadie Thompson in the film of the same name but lost to Janet Gaynor for 3 different films. The film is considered one of the best in the history of film and, on June 16, 1998, was named one of the top 100 films of all time by the American Film Institute, placing 12th. After a few more films in the 1950s, Gloria more or less retired. Throughout the 1960s, she appeared mostly on television. Her last fling with the silver screen was Airport 1975 (1974), wherein she played hersel. Gloria died on April 04, 1983, in New York City at the age of 84. There was never anyone like her, before or since.

Gloria Swanson
Swanson in 1920
BornGloria May Josephine Swanson
March 27,1899
Chicago,Illinois,United States.
Dee'dApril 04,1983 (age:84)
New York Hospital, New York, United States.
Cause o daith
Hert ailment
Restin place
Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York, United States.
Ither namesGloria Mae, Miss Gloria Swanson
EddicationHawthorne Scholastic Academy
ThriftActress, producer
Years active1914–1981
Hauf-marrae(s)Henry de La Falaise (m.1925-1931)Herbert K. Somborn (m. 1919–1925) | Wallace Beery (m.1916-1919)
BairnsGloria Swanson Somborn (daughter) Michelle Bridget Farmer (daughter) Joseph Patrick Swanson (son)
PawrentsAdelaide Swanson (mother) Joseph Theodore Swanson (father)


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