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Gloria Swanson: 1924

Gloria Swanson: 1924

Sept. 4, 1924. The future Norma Desmond shipboard in New York. Now where'd we put our close-up lens? Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

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Two Glorias

I think Carol Burnett did a better job of playing Gloria Swanson playing Norma Desmond than Gloria Swanson did playing Norma Desmond. Well, I do.

I *am* big.

It's the pictures that got small!

Oh Mr. DeMille --

I'm ready for my close-up!

A big fan!

No, not a big fan of Gloria, but noting the weather-proof-electric-motor-driven fan behind her. Must be a forced draft fan for one of the ship's boilers.

machine age

This may remind most of "Sunset Boulevard" of course, but my first thought was of Charles Sheeler.

They didn't need dialog

They had faces!

I'd like to thank

... all the little people out there in the dark. Love that movie!

No surprise here!

Joe Kennedy is not in the photo.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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