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Letters at 3AM
How far are you willing to go to make a picture?
"...of making a flicker (as movies were first called). Gloria Swanson in 1919, age 20, played the lead in..."

March 13, 2009 Column by Michael Ventura

Exit 'Downtown,' Right on Sunset
In her latest project, singer Petula Clark sets aside her image as chirpy pop starlet to play mad screen diva Norma Desmond in the musical version of Sunset Blvd. Clark tells Stephen MacMillan Moser how she came by this radical departure in roles.
"...It's hard to separate Norma Desmond from Gloria Swanson, easy to forget that Swanson was simply playing..."

March 24, 2000 Arts Feature by Stephen MacMillan Moser

That Old Revival Spirit
Testifying About Movies
"...D: Billy Wilder; with Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Nancy Olsen, Erich von Stroheim, Hedda..."

June 13, 1997 Screens Feature

Thor: Ragnarok
The Marvel Universe's funniest movie to date
"...planet. Despite the notable camp value of Blanchett channeling Gloria Swanson, Cruella de Vil, and an extraterrestrial succulent plant,..."

Nov. 3, 2017 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

A period piece about two generations of matadors is fused with the Snow White fairy tale in this black-and-white Spanish charmer.
"...(played by Verdú with the deliciously brittle swish of Gloria Swanson). Carmencita eventually grows into Carmen (García, like an..."

May 3, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

New in Print
Dallas author Sam Staggs writes with zeal and authority in his exposé of Billy Wilder's classic camp 'Sunset Boulevard.'
"...with it. His lengthy summaries on the careers of Gloria Swanson, William Holden, and Billy Wilder place the film..."

May 3, 2002 Screens Feature by Stephen MacMillan Moser

The Mike Wallace Interview Series: Snapshots From the 1950s
"...broadcast in the late Fifties. This Saturday's program features Gloria Swanson and Kirk Douglas and will be introduced by..."

April 10, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Sunset Boulevard
Wilder’s cynical edge is finely honed in this darkly amusing satire of the Dream Factory.
"...Directed by: Billy Wilder. Starring: Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred..."

July 5, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Let There Be Light
After a $14 million facelift, UT's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is letting the light in, literally, through new windows across the front of the structure, and philosophically, through a new mission to give the public more opportunities to see and enjoy its astonishing accumulation of cultural treasures.
"...the renovation of the Austin Museum of Art's Laguna Gloria home, was engaged as project architect...."

May 16, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

"In a New Light" Programs
"...of photography. 7pm.Thursday, July 24"In a New Light: Silent Swanson" Screening of the silent classic Male and Female (1919),..."

May 16, 2003 Arts Feature

Book Review: The Body Double
Emily Beyda's debut novel is ready for its close-up
"...vivisection of Hollywood, with its epic, all-stops-pulled-out performance by Gloria Swanson as Norma, kept floating in the background as..."

March 6, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Mad Men Archive Lands at HRC
Matthew Weiner show archive parks its fedora at Harry Ransom Center
"...which also houses the collection of David O. Selznick, Gloria Swanson, and Robert De Niro...."

Jan. 12, 2017 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

DVDanger: Youth Gone Wild
Pre-millenial teen angst, both period and retro, melds with noir
"...problem is Green, who channels her inner Sunset Blvd.-era Gloria Swanson in a ridiculously overblown display of histrionics. It's..."

Jan. 17, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

After a Fashion
Any friend of Edith Head, Algernon Moncrieff, and Vajazzling is a friend of Your Style Avatar
"...Dietrich, and Elizabeth Taylor. Her costumes were dazzlingly iconic: Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, melding both the fashions of..."

Dec. 10, 2010 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Letters at 3AM: The Dragon on Sennett's Hill
Hollywood is an electric dragon
"...Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Harry Langdon, Gloria Swanson, Carole Lombard, Frank Capra, Ben Turpin, Ford Sterling,..."

March 12, 2010 Column by Michael Ventura

After a Fashion
A postcard from prison? Wish you were here!
"...coming down!" So I made my descent, not unlike Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in the final scene of..."

April 3, 2009 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Letters at 3am
Holden died a good death: just whiskey and a fall, no melodrama or fakery
"...Wilder's Sunset Blvd., a has-been silent-movie star played by Gloria Swanson entices his character into a situation that will..."

Nov. 7, 2008 Column by Michael Ventura

Mike Wallace: Before He Was a 60-Minute Man
"...Interviewees include such figures from the arts as Gloria Swanson, Salvador Dali, George Jessel, Jean Seberg, Frank Lloyd..."

April 4, 2008 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

After a Fashion
Your Style Avatar gets all Sunset Boulevard at the David Lynch premiere
" Erich Von Stroheim's silent film Queen Kelly with Gloria Swanson and excitedly pointed it out to Gail. "Look!..."

Feb. 2, 2007 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

'Beyond the Rocks' and 'Electric Edwardians: The Lost Films of Mitchell & Kenyon
"...classics," legendary by its absence. Beyond the Rocks stars Gloria Swanson as Theodora, a beautiful, free-spirited Englishwoman who is..."

July 14, 2006 Screens Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Restorative Powers
Moving Image Archivists converge on Austin, ready to party
"...of the 1922 silent feature Beyond the Rocks, starring Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. Long believed to be lost,..."

Nov. 25, 2005 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

After a Fashion
Stephen does Dallas … No, wait, we mean Houston. Stephen does Houston. In a big way. With big names. At the Icon. Don't you wish you were this fabulous? Oh, and he does the State Board of Education, too. Don't they wish?
"...I've studied pictures of all my life. There were Gloria Swanson's diamond bracelets, Doris Duke's jewels, jewels of maharanis..."

Nov. 19, 2004 Column by Stephen MacMillan Moser

In Print
'Fabulous!: A Loving, Luscious, Lighthearted Look at Film From the Gay Perspective' and more
"...I would wish I'd written myself. The cover, with Gloria Swanson performing her mad scene as Norma Desmond in..."

May 28, 2004 Screens Feature by Stephen MacMillan Moser

Lypsinka: The Boxed Set
Reeling frenetically from song to show-biz anecdote to soap dialogue and back, like Judy Garland on a speed jag, with its star channeling everyone from Bette Davis and Phyllis Diller to Ethel Merman and Joan Crawford, Lypsinka! The Boxed Set is a hoot, a joyride through a neighborhood of tacky mansions haunted by grande dames of outsized egos and overwrought emotions.
"...they hang like malignant mistletoe; she's the picture of Gloria Swanson as the demented star. It's like there is..."

Dec. 14, 2001 Arts Review by Robert Faires

What's the Buzz?
Guide to Summer Films
"...Wilder's 1950 classic rip on Hollywood decadence, Sunset Boulevard. Gloria Swanson shines as the Original Diva, Norma Desmond. And..."

May 26, 2000 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

Starstruck: Photographs From a Fan
"...the end of one eyebrow. Or the grande dame Gloria Swanson, living somewhere between majesty and horror, her face..."

March 24, 2000 Books Review by David Garza

Craig's Wife, Harriet Craig, The Little Foxes
Stephen MacMillan Moser celebrates those glamorous, backstabbing, deliciously bitchy divas: Rosalind Russell in Craig's Wife; Joan Crawford in the remake of that film, Harriet Craig; and Bette Davis in The Little Foxes.
"...incendiary when Regina's ailing husband Horace (played by Mr. Gloria Swanson, Herbert Marshall) refuses to ante up the third..."

Jan. 28, 2000 Screens Review by Stephen MacMillan Moser

The Man With Susan's Plan
"...that good, but it featured all these terrific actors: Gloria Swanson, Groucho Marx, Abbott and Costello, Bette Davis, Henry..."

June 25, 1999 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Polytheism in the Raw
"...the same time, the likes of Greta Garbo and Gloria Swanson were first called "goddesses." Except for Charlie Chaplin..."

Nov. 13, 1998 Column by Michael Ventura

Kustom Film Kommando
Interview With Filmmaker Kenneth Anger
"...Research Center] collection, looking at the film collections. The Gloria Swanson collection is there, and I looked at that...."

Oct. 31, 1997 Screens Feature by Clay Smith

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