Glorious, Glorious Gloria the Birthday Girl!

On 27th March, 1899, a baby girl was born in the great Midwestern metropolis of Chicago. She grew up to conquer the world, armed with an arsenal of talent, wit, style, unusual beauty, and a staggering amount of well-justified ambition and self-confidence.

The camera loved her. Clothes loved her.

Fans loved her.

We still do.

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Five (of the Many) Faces of Gloria

Magnificent:

Gloria Swanson in Male and Female, 1919

Gloria Swanson in Male and Female, 1919.

Demure:

Gloria Swanson, Motion Picture Classic (1920)

Gloria Swanson, Motion Picture Classic (1920).

Determined:

Gloria Swanson by Nickolas Muray, 1922

Gloria Swanson by Nickolas Muray, 1922.

Edgy:

Gloria Swanson in The Impossible Mrs. Bellew, 1922

Gloria Swanson in The Impossible Mrs. Bellew, 1922.

Timeless:

Gloria Swanson, Stars of the Photoplay (1924)

Gloria Swanson, Stars of the Photoplay (1924).

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Happy birthday to the one, the only, the superb Gloria Swanson!

Until next time…

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◊Effie is our Film correspondent. She (shockingly!) prefers House Peters’ profile to John Barrymore’s!

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