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Gloria Swanson (I) (1899–1983)

Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in 1919, a contract with Cecil B. DeMille. DeMille ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond
Queen Kelly
Queen Kelly Kitty Kelly / Queen Kelly
The Trespasser
The Trespasser Marion Donnell
Indiscreet Geraldine 'Gerry' Trent


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 1974 Killer Bees (TV Movie)
Madame Maria von Bohlen
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Victoria Hoffman
- Minus That Rusty Old Hacksaw (1965) ... Victoria Hoffman
 1965 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Margaret McSterling
- The Fountain of Youth (1965) ... Margaret McSterling
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Miss Lily Boles / Venus Hekate Walsh
- Who Killed Vaudeville? (1964) ... Miss Lily Boles
- Who Killed Purity Mather? (1963) ... Venus Hekate Walsh
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Daniels
- Behind the Locked Door (1964) ... Mrs. Daniels
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Charlotte Heaton
- Who Is Jennifer? (1964) ... Mrs. Charlotte Heaton
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Julia Colton
- The Good Luck Charm (1963) ... Julia Colton
 1961 Straightaway (TV Series)
Lorraine Carrington
- A Toast to Yesterday (1961) ... Lorraine Carrington
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- The Pattern (1953)
 1952 Three for Bedroom C
Ann Haven
 1946 Dear Miss Gloria (Short)
Miss Gloria
 1941 Father Takes a Wife
Leslie Collier
 1934 Music in the Air
Frieda Hotzfelt
 1931 Tonight or Never
Nella Vago
 1930 What a Widow!
Tamarind Brook
 1929 Queen Kelly
Kitty Kelly / Queen Kelly
 1926 Fine Manners
Orchid Murphy
 1926 The Untamed Lady
St.Clair Van Tassel
 1925 The Coast of Folly
Joyce Gathway / Nadine Gathway
 1924 Wages of Virtue
 1924 Manhandled
Tessie McGuire
 1924 A Society Scandal
Marjorie Colbert
 1924 The Humming Bird
 1923 Zaza
 1923 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Mona deBriac
 1923 Prodigal Daughters
Swifty Forbes
 1922 My American Wife
Natalie Chester
 1922 The Impossible Mrs. Bellew
Betty Bellew
 1922 Her Gilded Cage
Suzanne Ornoff
 1922 Her Husband's Trademark
Lois Miller
 1921 Don't Tell Everything
Marian Westover
 1921 Under the Lash
Deborah Krillet
 1920 Something to Think About
Ruth Anderson
 1920 Why Change Your Wife?
Beth Gordon
 1919 For Better, for Worse
Sylvia Norcross
 1919 Don't Change Your Husband
Leila Porter
 1918 Wife or Country (Short)
Sylvia Hamilton
 1918 Everywoman's Husband
Edith Emerson
 1918 You Can't Believe Everything
Patricia Reynolds
 1918 Her Decision
Phyllis Dunbar
 1918 Society for Sale
Phylis Clyne
 1917 The Pullman Bride (Short)
The Pullman Bride
 1917 The Sultan's Wife (Short)
 1917/II Whose Baby? (Short)
The Wife
 1917 Baseball Madness (Short)
The Heiress
 1917 Teddy at the Throttle (Short)
Gloria Dawn - Bobby's Sweetheart
 1916 The Nick of Time Baby (Short)
The Blacksmith's Daughter
 1916 Haystacks and Steeples (Short)
Gloria - the Society Girl
 1916 The Danger Girl (Short)
The Danger Girl - Reggie's Madcap Sister
 1916 A Social Cub (Short)
 1916 Hearts and Sparks (Short)
Gloria - Bobby's Sweetheart
 1916 A Dash of Courage (Short)
The Prominent Citizen's Daughter
 1916 Sunshine (Short)
 1915 The Broken Pledge (Short)
Gloria (as Gloria Mae)
 1915 The Romance of an American Duchess (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1915 Sweedie Goes to College (Short)
Betty - College Girl
 1915 The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (Short)
Farina, Elvira's Daughter (as Gloria Mae)
 1915 His New Job (Short)
Stenographer (uncredited)
 1915 The Ambition of the Baron (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1915 At the End of a Perfect Day (Short)
Hands Bouquet to Holmes (uncredited)
 1915 The Misjudged Mr. Hartley (Short)
 1914 The Song of the Soul (Short) (unconfirmed)
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Show Show Self (76 credits)
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Other Works:

(3/17/53) Radio: Appeared in "The Martin and Lewis Show". The trio teamed up for a take-off on the life of a trumpet player. See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 53 Articles | 8 Pictorials | 34 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gloria Mae | Miss Gloria Swanson


5' 1" (1.55 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on showing pictures of herself] You notice there are NO bathing beauty scenes? And I'll tell you why: I was never a Sennet bathing beauty. Those glossies that sometimes turn up were publicity stills that I unfortunately made as a favor when I had a free hour. And I've paid for it all of my life. See more »


Godmother of director/writer Dirk Wayne Summers, and had signed to appear in The Great Sex War (1969), a film he was producing in Mexico. However, Swanson and her soon to be husband, William Dufty, took it upon themselves (without being asked) to rewrite the screenplay. The "changes" in the script that Swanson desired were not ones that Summers wanted to include, so they mutually released each ... See more »


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