Gloria Swanson (I) (1899–1983)

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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 & 4 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Sunset Blvd. Norma Desmond
Sadie Thompson Sadie Thompson
The Trespasser Marion Donnell
Indiscreet Geraldine 'Gerry' Trent


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 1974 Killer Bees (TV Movie)
Madame Maria von Bohlen
 1969 The Great Sex War (unconfirmed)
 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
 1956 Nero's Mistress
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- The Pattern (1953)
 1952 Three for Bedroom C
Ann Haven
 1950 Sunset Blvd.
Norma Desmond
 1946 Dear Miss Gloria (Short)
Miss Gloria
 1941 Father Takes a Wife
Leslie Collier Osborne
 1934 Music in the Air
Frieda Hotzfelt
 1933 Perfect Understanding
Judy Rogers
 1932 Queen Kelly
Kitty Kelly / Queen Kelly
 1931 Tonight or Never
Nella Vago
 1931 Indiscreet
Geraldine 'Gerry' Trent
 1930 What a Widow!
Tamarind Brook
 1929 The Trespasser
Marion Donnell
 1928 Sadie Thompson
Sadie Thompson
 1927 The Love of Sunya
Sunya Ashling
 1926 Fine Manners
Orchid Murphy
 1926 The Untamed Lady
St. Clair Van Tassel
 1925 Stage Struck
Jenny Hagen
 1925 The Coast of Folly
Joyce Gathway / Nadine Gathway
 1925 Madame Sans-Gêne
Catherine Hubscher
 1924 Wages of Virtue
 1924 Her Love Story
Princess Marie
 1924 Manhandled
Tessie McGuire
 1924 A Society Scandal
Marjorie Colbert
 1924 The Humming Bird
 1923 Zaza
 1923 Hollywood
Gloria Swanson
 1923 Bluebeard's 8th Wife
Mona deBriac
 1923 Prodigal Daughters
Elinor 'Swifty' Forbes
 1922 My American Wife
Natalie Chester
 1922 The Impossible Mrs. Bellew
Betty Bellew
 1922 Beyond the Rocks
Theodora Fitzgerald
 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
 1921 The Affairs of Anatol
Vivian Spencer - Anatol's Wife
 1921 The Great Moment
Nada Pelham / Nadine Pelham
 1920 Something to Think About
Ruth Anderson
 1920 Why Change Your Wife?
Beth Gordon
 1919 Male and Female
Lady Mary Lasenby
 1919 For Better, for Worse
Sylvia Norcross
 1919 Don't Change Your Husband
Leila Porter
 1918 Wife or Country (Short)
Sylvia Hamilton
 1918 The Secret Code
Sally Carter Rand
 1918/I Shifting Sands
Marcia Grey
 1918 Everywoman's Husband
Edith Emerson
 1918 You Can't Believe Everything
Patricia Reynolds
 1918 Station Content
Kitty Manning
 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)
His 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 The Fable of the Syndicate Lover (Short)
Department Store Customer (uncredited)
 1915 At the End of a Perfect Day (Short)
Hands Bouquet to Holmes (uncredited)
 1915 The Misjudged Mr. Hartley (Short)
 1914 The Fable of the Club Girls and the Four Times Veteran (Short)
One of the Club Girls (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Costume designer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (7 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (104 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Andrew Rosenthal's play, "Red Letter Day," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Print Biographies | 6 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 57 Articles | 8 Pictorials | 38 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gloria Mae | Miss Gloria Swanson


5' 1" (1.55 m)


William Dufty  (her death) | See more »


Joseph Theodore Swanson | Adelaide Swanson

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

They won't ever let me forget Sunset Blvd. (1950). Maybe I shouldn't have done it. These people who watch the film now never heard of me. They weren't alive when I did silent films. They think I was Norma Desmond, and I keep telling them Norma Desmond was a creation, not a real character. I NEVER was Norma Desmond, and I don't know anyone who lived like that! See more »


Met her third husband, the Marquis (or "Marquess") Henri de la Falaise, when he worked as her interpreter in France on Madame Sans-Gêne (1925). See more »


Frequently worked with director Cecil B. DeMille. See more »

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