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Gloria Swanson

1899 - 1983

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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. Swanson was born in Chicago and raised in a military family that moved from base to base. Her infatuation with Essanay Studios actor Francis X. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gloria Swanson has received more than 3,663,734 page views. Her biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Gloria Swanson is the 385th most popular actor (down from 384th in 2019), the 734th most popular biography from United States (up from 744th in 2019) and the 193rd most popular American Actor.

Gloria Swanson was a popular actress in the 1920s and 1930s. She is most famous for her role as Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard.

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Among actors, Gloria Swanson ranks 385 out of 9,996Before her are Françoise Dorléac, Curd Jürgens, Roy Scheider, Desmond Llewelyn, Frances Farmer, and Chow Yun-fat. After her are Richard Griffiths, Bolo Yeung, Gene Wilder, Vincent Cassel, Ryan O'Neal, and Tippi Hedren.

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Among people born in 1899, Gloria Swanson ranks 25Before her are Erich Kästner, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Béla Guttmann, Fritz Albert Lipmann, Albert Claude, and Paul Hermann Müller. After her are George Cukor, Cevdet Sunay, Jean Moulin, Paul-Henri Spaak, Bertil Ohlin, and Gustav Heinemann. Among people deceased in 1983, Gloria Swanson ranks 18Before her are Meyer Lansky, Nikolai Podgorny, Felix Bloch, Arthur Koestler, Raymond Aron, and Albert Claude. After her are George Cukor, Gerhard Barkhorn, Buckminster Fuller, Alfred Tarski, John Fante, and Anna Seghers.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gloria Swanson ranks 734 out of 18,182Before her are Robert H. Goddard (1882), Robert Nozick (1938), Frances Farmer (1913), Patricia Highsmith (1921), Kamehameha I (1758), and Vivian Maier (1926). After her are George Eastman (1854), Nellie Bly (1864), George Cukor (1899), Keith Haring (1958), David Fincher (1962), and W. Edwards Deming (1900).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Gloria Swanson ranks 193Before her are Carole Lombard (1908), Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Robert Downey Jr. (1965), John Goodman (1952), Roy Scheider (1932), and Frances Farmer (1913). After her are Gene Wilder (1933), Ryan O'Neal (1941), Tippi Hedren (1930), Edward Norton (1969), Burgess Meredith (1907), and Mark Hamill (1951).

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