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Gladys Swarthout (1900–1969)

This colorful diva of the Metropolitan Opera was one of several who jumped on the operatic bandwagon during the 1930s to achieve film stardom. Following her prima donna peers Jeanette MacDonald, Lily Pons and Grace Moore to the silver screen, Gladys' turnout would be meager and a major disappointment. Born in Deepwater, Missouri, an Ozark mining ... See full bio »


(age 68) in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Known For

Champagne Waltz
Champagne Waltz Elsa Strauss
Romance in the Dark
Romance in the Dark Ilona Boros
Ambush Jane Hartman
Rose of the Rancho
Rose of the Rancho Rosita Castro aka Don Carlos


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 1938 Romance in the Dark
Ilona Boros
 1937 Champagne Waltz
Elsa Strauss
 1936 Give Us This Night
Maria Severelli
 1936 Rose of the Rancho
Rosita Castro aka Don Carlos
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 1957 Person to Person (TV Series documentary)
- Episode #4.23 (1957) ... Herself
 1951-1952 The Voice of Firestone (TV Series)
- Episode #4.11 (1952) ... Herself
- Episode #3.11 (1951) ... Herself
 1951 Wonderful Town, U.S.A. (TV Series)
- Episode #1.16 (1951) ... Herself
- Episode #1.10 (1951) ... Herself
 1951 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Herself - Mystery Guest
- Episode dated 14 January 1951 (1951) ... Herself - Mystery Guest
 1951 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series)
Herself - Opera Singer
- Episode #3.16 (1951) ... Herself - Opera Singer
 1950 This Is Show Business (TV Series)
- Episode dated 26 November 1950 (1950) ... Herself
 1950 The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter (TV Series)
Herself - Opera Singer
- Episode #2.2 (1950) ... Herself - Opera Singer
 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 7 (Documentary short)
 1935 A Dream Comes True (Documentary short)
Herself (uncredited)

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Other Works:

Sang the soprano role in Arturo Toscanini's 1947 radio broadcast of Hector Berlioz's "dramatic symphony", "Romeo et Juliette". Excerpts from this performance were released on records during Toscanini's lifetime and for years afterward; the complete performance finally appeared on CD in the 1990s. Toscanini was one of the few ... See more »

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Gladys Swarthout Chapman

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She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. See more »

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