Gloria Swanson

1899 - 1983

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Gloria May Josephine 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 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 3,301,846 page views. Her biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Gloria Swanson is the 384th most popular actor (up from 438th in 2019), the 744th most popular biography from United States (up from 903rd in 2019) and the 201st 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 384 out of 10,030Before her are Charles Dance, James Cromwell, Maurice Chevalier, Brian Dennehy, Emmanuelle Riva, and Lino Ventura. After her are Chespirito, Jayne Mansfield, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Jonathan Pryce, John Belushi, and Fernando Rey.

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Among people born in 1899, Gloria Swanson ranks 25Before her are Béla Guttmann, Adnan Menderes, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Charles Laughton, and Paul Hermann Müller. After her are Alfred Schütz, Gustav Heinemann, Cevdet Sunay, George Cukor, Albert Claude, and Bertil Ohlin. Among people deceased in 1983, Gloria Swanson ranks 19Before her are Arthur Koestler, Raymond Aron, Nikolai Podgorny, Meyer Lansky, Gerhard Barkhorn, and Alfred Tarski. After her are John Fante, George Cukor, Albert Claude, Ulf von Euler, Anna Seghers, and George Balanchine.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gloria Swanson ranks 744 out of 15,968Before her are James Woods (1947), Bill Bixby (1934), James Cromwell (1940), Gilbert N. Lewis (1875), Wes Craven (1939), and Brian Dennehy (1938). After her are Adam Sandler (1966), Georgia O'Keeffe (1887), Charles Cooley (1864), Ray Manzarek (1939), Jayne Mansfield (1933), and Ambrose Bierce (1842).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Gloria Swanson ranks 201Before her are Danny Glover (1946), Anne Baxter (1923), James Woods (1947), Bill Bixby (1934), James Cromwell (1940), and Brian Dennehy (1938). After her are Jayne Mansfield (1933), John Belushi (1949), Lex Barker (1919), George Kennedy (1925), Mark Hamill (1951), and Sally Field (1946).

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