Friday, March 27, 2009

Gloria Swanson

American actress Gloria Swanson was born today 23rd March in 1897.
After studying as a singer she entered the nascent film industry as an extra and bit part player in 1915. She became one of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties before an association with director Cecil B. de Mille brought her leading roles as chic sophisticates in the front line of the battle of the sexes.
Her many silent film features include 'Male and Female' (1919), 'The Affairs of Anatol' (1921),and 'Manhandled' (1924).
Despite the extravagances of the unfinished 'Queen Kelly' in 1928, she survived the arrival of sound, receiving Academy Award nominations for 'Sadie Thompson' (1928) and 'The Trespasser' (1929). However, her film career gradually dwindled away despite a sensational comeback in 'Sunset Boulevard' in 1950.

Never relinquishing her glamorous star status she continued to appear on stage and television.

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