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.