Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson

Highest Rated: 100% Queen Kelly (1929)

Lowest Rated: 25% Airport 1975 (1974)

Birthday: Mar 27, 1899

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

A silent screen legend and the epitome of early Hollywood glamour, actress Gloria Swanson rose to great heights in the 1920s, only to struggle like many of her day did once the age of talkie films took hold. But unlike her silent film contemporaries, Swanson had a trick or two up her sleeve and delivered a powerful, Oscar-nominated performance as the delusional Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard" (1950), widely considered to be the greatest film noir ever made. Prior to that triumph, Swanson had reigned supreme during the silent era as a top actress whose elaborate feathered boas and bejeweled headdresses were the height of fashion. She first achieved stardom in several of Cecil B. DeMille's bedroom farces like "Don't Change Your Husband" (1919) and "Why Change Your Wife?" (1920) before making a series of dramas that propelled her to the top. Mid-decade, Swanson became one of the most famous stars in the world thanks to roles in "Zaza" (1923), "Madame Sans-Gene" (1925) and "The Untamed Lady" (1926). Prompted to break out and produce her movies independently, Swanson staggered a bit with the production-plagued "The Love of Sunya" (1927), but rebounded with "Sadie Thompson" (1928) - her last critical and financial hit until "Sunset Boulevard." Swanson remained until her death in 1983 a true Tinseltown legend.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zaza Unknown (Character) - 2013
25% 37% Airport 1975 Herself (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 17% Killer Bees Madame Maria von Bohlen (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three for Bedroom C Ann Haven (Character) - 1952
99% 95% Sunset Blvd. Norma Desmond (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Takes a Wife Leslie Collier Osborne (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Music in the Air Frieda Hotzfelt (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 0% Perfect Understanding Judy (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight or Never Nella Vago (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 27% Indiscreet Geraldine "Gerry" Trent (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trespasser Marion Donnell (Character) - 1929
100% 78% Queen Kelly Kitty Kelly/Queen Kelly (Character),
Producer
- 1929
83% 72% Sadie Thompson Sadie Thompson (Character),
Producer
- 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love of Sunya Sunya Ashling (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fine Manners Orchid Murphy (Character) - 1926
50% No Score Yet Madame Sans-GĂȘne Catherine Hubscher (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage Struck Unknown (Character) - 1925
No Score Yet No Score Yet Manhandled Tessie McGuire (Character) - 1924
86% 62% Beyond the Rocks Theodora Fitzgerald (Character) - 1922
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Prodigal Knight Vivian Spencer - Anatol's Wife (Character) - 1921
No Score Yet 47% The Affairs of Anatol Vivian Spencer (Character) - 1921
No Score Yet 70% Why Change Your Wife? Beth Gordon (Character) - 1920
No Score Yet 59% Don't Change Your Husband Leila Porter (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet 53% Male and Female Lady Mary Lasenby (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Better, for Worse Sylvia Norcross (Character) - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shifting Sands Marcia Grey (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet No Score Yet Station Content Kitty Manning (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet No Score Yet Teddy at the Throttle Gloria Dawn, His Sweetheart (Character) - 1917
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danger Girl The Danger Girl (Character) - 1916

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Unknown (Character),
Guest
1973 1965 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Victoria Hoffman (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1960 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lux Radio Theater Unknown (Character) 1951

QUOTES FROM Gloria Swanson CHARACTERS

Norma Desmond says: I am big! It's the pictures that got small.

Norma Desmond says: All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

Norma Desmond says: I'm going to be bigger than peanut butter!

Norma Desmond says: And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up

Norma Desmond says: And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

Norma Desmond says: We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!

Norma Desmond says: Alright Mr.Demille, I'm ready for my close-up.

Norma Desmond says: I am big! It's the pictures that got small!

Norma Desmond says: The stars are ageless, aren't they?

Norma Desmond says: I am big! It's the pictures that got small.

Norma Desmond says: There's nothing else. Just us, and the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my closeup.

Joe Gillis says: You used to be big.

Norma Desmond says: I am big. It's the pictures that got small.

Joe Gillis says: I knew there was something wrong with them.

Norma Desmond says: We didn't need dialogue. We had face

Norma Desmond says: We didn't need dialogue. We had face.

Norma Desmond says: All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up!

Norma Desmond says: I Am Big! It's the Pictures that have gotten small.

Norma Desmond says: I Am Big! It's the Pictures that have gotten smaller.