Gloria Swanson

American actress (1899-1983)

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

Actress Gloria Swanson in a production still from the 1920 film Why Change Your Wife?.


  • I'll be eighty this month. Age, if nothing else, entitles me to set the record straight before I dissolve. I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book.
    • Quoted in Bill Adler, Funny Ladies: The Best Humor from America's Funniest Women (2001) p. 52 [1]

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