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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gloria Swanson - Languorous Lady of the Gowns

Gloria Swanson 1919

As promised , yesterday we published some fun photo's of Gloria Swanson in swimwear as one of the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties. Today we'll look at more of her film career. Images are taken from the book A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen.

Gloria was born in Chicago on March 27, 1898 as Gloria Josephine Mae Swenson. She began her silent film career at the age of 17 when she starred in a film titled "You can't Believe Everything'. From there she was featured in the Sennett comedies and attracted a large following. Cecil B DeMille then offered her a place in his productions and directed 6 of her early box office productions. She became known as the 'languorous lady of the gowns'. Gloria went on from there to produce her own films. Her last film, where she played herself, was in 1974 in Airport 1975. She died of natural causes on April 4th, 1983.

1919 from Male and Female


1921 in the Affairs of Anatol




Isn't she gorgeous? I think if I had a choice of what era I would have loved to travel back in time to live in it would have been the 1920's. Consider me a flapper at heart.


A said...

I LOVE Gloria Swanson! Thanks for the fabulous post about her. She truly was a star

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I love that first image with her in the lace headpiece and tassels. Gorgeous!

bokiiićka said...

God bless your soul!
Gloria is my favorite example of female beauty. She was absolutely gorgeous with those huge blue eyes.

And sorry for the late comment...