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Gloria Swanson (Gloria May Josephine Svensson)

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Biography

Chicago, Illinois, USA
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 transformed her from a typical Mack Sennett comedienne into a lively, provocative, even predatory, star. She collected husbands (e.g., the indigent Henri de la Falaise) and lovers (e.g., Joseph P. Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy). Read more...

Actor

Character: Marion Donnell

The Trespasser 1929

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Character: Geraldine 'Gerry' Trent

Indiscreet 1931

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Character: Frieda Hotzfelt

Music in the Air 1934

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Character: Leslie Collier

Father Takes a Wife 1941

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Character: Reluctant bride

Down Memory Lane 1949

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Character: Herself - Accepting Honorary Award for Joseph M. Schenck

The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953

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Character: Victoria Hoffman

Ben Casey 1961

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Character: Miss Lily Boles

Burke's Law 1963

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Character: Julia Colton

Dr. Kildare 1961

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Character: Mrs. Charlotte Heaton

Kraft Suspense Theatre 1963

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Character: Madame Maria von Bohlen

Killer Bees 1974

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