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|Known for:||Sunset Blvd., Queen Kelly, Beyond the Rocks|
|Birth name:||Gloria May Josephine Svensson|
|Birthday:||27 March 1897, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Height:||4' 11½" (1.51 m)|
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TriviaSecond husband 'Herbert K. Somborn' ran the legendary Brown Derby restaurant from 1926 until his death in 1934; at that time, their daughter, 'Gloria Swanson Somborn', took over. See also Wilson Mizner. Her last husband, William Dufty, was a well-known author of books and a few screenplays, such as Lady Sings the Blues (1972), the Billie Holiday story. It was Dufty, translator of "You Are All Sanpaku," by George Ohsawa, who was influenced by Swanson to take an interest in health and become involved in holistic-health related literature. Wrote her own autobiography in rebuttal to certain claims made by Rose Kennedy in her 1974 memoirs. Mother of Michele Bridget Farmer (aka Michele Farmer)(born April 5, 1932) with Michael Farmer. Was engaged to Marshall Neilan for some time in the 1920s. Daughter Gloria Swanson Somborn (born October 7, 1920) with Herbert K. Somborn. Died of brain cancer on December 11, 2000 at age 80. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 6748 Hollywood Boulevard and another for television at 6301 Hollywood Boulevard. When she died, her book collection was sold to the Gotham Book Mart in New York City. All of the books were concerned with health and nutrition. Was very close friends with actor Dirk Benedict. She introduced him to macrobiotics. Dirk has said that she was like a mother to him. They met working on the play "Butterflies Are Free," where Swanson played Benedict's mother. During the early twenties, she had a falling out with close friend Blanche Sweet. The dispute was over a man, and Sweet never forgave her. She cited Madame Sans-GÃªne (1924) (now lost) as her personal favorite of all her films. The original Roxy Theatre at 153 W. 50th Street, New York, NY 10020 was opened by Ms. Swanson, showing too, her filmThe Love of Sunya (1927) in March 1927 and at its demolition in 1961 she posed amongst its ruins as a final farewell.