Friday, December 4, 2009


Gloria Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) She was most famous during the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion diva, under Cecil B. DeMille direction. She was also one of the first stars to dispute the Hays Code by producing the banned Sadie Thompson in 1928. In 1929 Swanson smoothly shifted in to talkies with The Trespasser. Personal problems and changing times saw her popularity fade during the 1930s. She is best known today for her role in the film Sunset Boulevard (1950).

Gloria Swanson fun facts:

She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Before her death, she sold photographs, copies of films and private papers to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. The second largest collection of Swanson material is owned by Timothy Rooks.Swanson wanted to see Beyond the Rocks, but the film was considered lost. The film was later found and screened in 2005.

Swanson was a vegetarian. Swanson introduced actor Dirk Benedict about macrobiotic diets when he was battling prostate cancer. He refused conventional therapies and believed healthy eating with his recovery. Later Swanson traveled the United States and helped to promote the book Sugar Blues written by her husband, William Dufty.


  1. Dawn, I didn't know Swanson was a vegetarian. I do know that she was only 5 feet tall, like me! I have read that she had two daughters and one son and seven grandchildren. She married about six times. Thanks for posting these fun facts. I love the pictures!

  2. Silent, I really enjoyed looking up Swanson's info. She was a very interesting woman. My mother and one of my sister's is only 5 feet tall. I'm 5'7". a little taller than you.;)I did not remember reading how many grandchildren she had..I also read that she had been married about six times..I found so many beautiful pictures of her I had trouble deciding which ones to post. I enjoyed writing the fun facts post so much I plan on posting more.:)


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