DeMille premiered films starring Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson
and Clara Bow in the majestic Paramount Theatre inside.
Billy Wilder's 1950 movie is a sui-generis classic, a Pirandellian film noir about films, in which fading silent-screen siren Gloria Swanson
played fading silent-screen siren Norma Desmond, and creepy, Teutonic director Erich von Stroheim played creepy, Teutonic director Max von Mayerling.
DeMille, Gloria Swanson
, Pola Negri, Ernst Lubitsch, Marlene Dietrich and many others -- who provided filmmaking with its imaginative and fascinating beginnings, each bringing to it his or her own individualistic stamp and often contributing the new touches, and the daring that formed the basis of the modern movies.
The exhibition includes a tantalizing portrait of Gloria Swanson
shot through black lace by Edward Steichen.
The Gloria Collection is inspired by Gloria Swanson
, the epitome of old Hollywood glamour and leading lady of the golden age of cinema.
BORN GLORIA Swanson
, US film actress, 1899, above QUENTIN Tarantino, film director, 1963 JAMES Callaghan, prime minister, 1912 DIED DUDLEY Moore, actor and comedian, 2002, above YURI Gagarin, USSR cosmonaut, 1968 JAMES I and VI, King of Britain, 1625
Eleanor was nominated for an Oscar that year, which also saw Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Gloria Swanson
and Judy Holliday up for honors.
Noah was one of the silent screen's best-loved villains and Wallace was once married to Gloria Swanson
Even today the story is sensational but in the 1920s it was absolutely revolutionary, so powerful that it was made into three different films - with Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson
and Rita Hayworth playing Miss Sadie Thompson.
Did you enter Coventry's 1961 'Million pounds legs competition' - judged by American film actress Gloria Swanson
or do you remember a chimp artist in Leamington Spa?
was nominated for Sadie Thomson, Somerset Maugham's story of a preacher seduced by a prostitute in the torrid tropics - maybe too torrid for an industry looking for "respectability".