Gloria Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983), from Cecil B DeMille 1919 comedy Don’t Change Your Husband
not only is this the best photo of her ever, it’s also one of the best photos ever ever!!
Happy Birthday Gloria May Josephine Swanson
(March 27, 1899-April 4, 1983)
I do too, darling. I do too.
I like the fact Marie Prevost is front-row centre for this line-up of 1920s actresses…I have such a soft spot for her!
Poster and publicity photo of Gloria Swanson in Madame Sans-Gêne, 1924
This film is now considered lost, and Swanson wanted very much to see it again before she died. Toward the end of her autobiography, published in 1980, she said in regard to her lost films:
“I would love to see them again and know they’re not lost forever. That, after all, was supposed to be the great virtue of pictures - that they would last forever. Alas, thousands upon thousands of early films, in the years when they were not being shown because they were not considered fashionable, or old enough to be museum pieces, crumbled in their cans. The celluloid disintegrated with age.”
One of Swanson’s lost films, Beyond the Rocks, was located in 2003. Sadly, she did not live to see it again, as she died in 1983.
A double image of Gloria Swanson
(resulting from photographing magazine images against the light)
Gloria Swanson, 1924
Photographer: Edward Steichen
Gloria Swanson, 1930s