Gloria May Josephine Svensson was born March 27th 1897 in Chicago Illinois. Gloria was to go on to become one of the biggest stars of the silent film era; it was her spunky personality that brought her to fame. After finishing her education, Gloria went to work in a department store. At the age of 18 she visited a Chicago movie studio and found herself singled out because of her beauty to become an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and The Meal Ticket.
During her life, Gloria would marry a total of seven times and by the middle of the 1920s it was said that she was the highest paying actress in Hollywood. Gloria managed to keep her fans spellbound for 60 years and at the age of 30 the sound revolution hit Hollywood; Gloria had no trouble at all adapting.
Gloria would go on to make many more movies until the 1950s when she semi retired from the movie business. During Gloria Swanson’s career she was nominated for three Academy Awards. She returned to the stage in the 1940s ("Reflected Glory", "Let us Be Gay", "A Goose for a Gander"). She was a clothes designer and artist; she founded Essence of Nature Cosmetics; and she made television appearances through the 1960s and 70s, doing cameos and pushing health foods. Her last bout with the Silver Screen was the 1975 movie, “Airport”As with many actresses of her time, life was chaotic and full of scandal. One of Gloria’s many lovers was rumored to be Joseph Kennedy, the father of John F. Kennedy. Gloria died on April 4th 1983 in New York City at the age of 84.
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