Thursday, December 5, 2013

FEMME FATALE - GLORIA SWANSON


GLORIA SWANSON, A STAR AGAIN, IN "SUNSET BOULEVARD"

"In her sixty-third movie Gloria Swanson has become for the first time in her thirty-seven-year-old career, a magnificent actress, playing the part of a handsome,ageing, rich star of the silent movies who wants above all the taste again the winy exhilaration of acting under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille, of hearing again the magic of '"lights, camera, action, close-up."' This new movie is Sunset Boulevard, the producer is Paramount, and the heartbreak scene is one on a set with Cecil B. De Mille. Although her own life has no parallel with the plot, much of the movie is meshed with the real Swanson story, for Sunset Boulevard, Paramount, and Cecil B. DeMille are part of her life along with D.W. Griffith, Adolph Zukor, the Talmadge sisters, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks."

"They all glowed with a violent glamour in the nineteen twenties."

Gloria Swanson and Her Circle in the Twenties
Vogue July 1950
Photography: Irving Penn

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