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Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard
Personal information
NameGloria Swanson
Birth nameGloria Josephine Mae Swanson
Birth date27 March 1899
Birth placeChicago, Illinois,
United States
Death date04 April 1983(age 84)
Death placeNew York City, New York
United States
MediumFilm, music, theatre
Years active1914 1981
GenresComedy, Romance and Tragedy
SpouseWallace Beery (1916 - 1919)
Herbert K. Somborn (1919 - 1922)
Henri de la Falaise (1925 - 1930)
Michael Farmer (1931 - 34)
William Davey (1945 - 1946)
William Dufty (1976 - 1983)

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Gloria Swanson (March 27, 1899 - April 4, 1983) was an American actress, singer and producer. 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, made dozens of silents and was nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category. She had also produced her own films such as the controversial Sadie Thompson and The Love of Sunya. In 1929, Swanson successfully transitioned to talkies with The Trespasser.

However, personal problems and changing tastes saw her popularity wane during the 1930s when she moved into theater and television. Today she is best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star, in the critically acclaimed film Sunset Boulevard (1950).

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