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Senior glamour star's return
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Gloria Swanson was born Gloria May Josephine Svensson in Chicago, Illinois on March 27th, 1897, into a military family that moved frequently. She was educated in Chicago, Puerto Rico and Florida. At age 15 she began acting, taking bit parts in films. Early on, she played mostly comedic roles and slapstick. Director Cecil B. DeMille noticed Gloria and took her under his wing as a dramatic actress. She starred in several successful films for DeMille and became one of the most popular actresses of the silent film era. Swanson also became known for her fashion style, on screen and off, becoming one of the most famous and photographed women in the world. Swanson also produced several films. After the silent film era, Swanson's popularity began to decline. She was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in 1929 and 1930, but acted sporadically during the 1930s and 40s. Her career was revived when she was nominated again for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the role of Norma Desmond in the 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard." After that she appeared mostly in television and theater. Swanson was married six times and had two daughters and one adopted son. She was active socially until her death on April 4, 1983.
Photograph caption dated August 21, 1951 reads "Gloria Swanson, who holds the record for wearing Hollywood's glamour crown longer than any other screen star--past or present-- is back in harness again. Following her sensational comeback in 'Sunset Boulevard,' which came close to winning her an Academy 'Oscar,' Miss Swanson is now playing the role of an exotic actress in 'Three for Bedroom C' for producer-director Milton Bren, shown with her just before the cameras started rolling." Swanson is standing in front of a dressing table and mirrors, holding a hand mirror applying lipstick, while Bren looks on.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 1534
Swanson, Gloria,--1897-1983
Bren, Milton H
Women--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Mirrors--California--Los Angeles
Lipstick--California--Los Angeles
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States
Motion picture producers and directors--United States
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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