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  1. Gloria May Josephine Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) was an American actress and producer. She first achieved fame acting in dozens of silent films in the 1920s and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress , most famously for her 1950 return in Billy Wilder 's Sunset Boulevard , which also earned her a Golden Globe Award .

  2. Gloria Swanson. Actress: Sunset Blvd.. Gloria Swanson was born Gloria May Josephine Svensson in Chicago, Illinois. She was destined to be perhaps one of the biggest stars of the silent movie era. Her personality and antics in private definitely made her a favorite with America's movie-going public. Gloria certainly didn't intend on going into show business.

  3. Dec 23, 2022 · Gloria Swanson, original name Gloria May Josephine Svensson, (born March 17, 1899, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.—died April 4, 1983, New York, New York), American motion-picture, stage, and television actress who was known primarily as a glamorous Hollywood star during the 1920s and as the fading movie queen Norma Desmond in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard.

  4. Gloria Swanson was born Gloria May Josephine Svensson in Chicago, Illinois. She was destined to be perhaps one of the biggest stars of the silent movie era. Her personality and antics in private definitely made her a favorite with America's movie-going public. Gloria certainly didn't intend on going into show business.

  5. Oct 12, 2021 · Gloria Swanson photographed at her home in New York City, 1965. By Jack Mitchell/Getty Images. In her iconic comeback role as has-been Norma Desmond in 1950’s Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson...

  6. Mar 30, 2022 · Consider what Gloria Swanson (whose legendary film “Sunset Boulevard,” from 1950, was among the very first films added to the Library’s National Film Registry) was: an actress, film producer, fashion designer (and fashion icon), acclaimed visual artist, best-selling author, newspaper columnist, businesswoman, health advocate, radio host, and television pioneer.

  7. Gloria Swanson had two stars on the Walk of Fame, countless awards and nominations, and many of her films were selected for preservation on the merit of their cultural significance—but if that’s not enough for you, don’t worry. She also has a parking area named after her in Florida. Here’s hoping it’s home to some good Florida Man anecdotes.

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