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Gloria Swanson

  • [On her passport photo:] If I look like this, I need the trip!

    • Gloria Swanson,
    • in New York Herald Tribune ()
  • I'll be eighty this month. Age, if nothing else, entitles me to set the record straight before I dissolve. I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book.

    • Gloria Swanson,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • I have decided that while I am a star I will be every inch and every moment the star. Everyone from the studio gateman to the highest executive will know it.

    • Gloria Swanson,
    • in Gary Herman, ed., The Book of Hollywood Quotes ()
  • Writing the story of your own life, I now know, is an agonizing experience, a bit like drilling your own teeth.

  • My mother and I could always look out the same window without ever seeing the same thing.

  • ... every victory is also a defeat. Nobody gets anything for nothing.

  • I feel sure that unborn babies pick their parents.

  • ... Hollywood's old trick: repeat a successful formula until it dies.

  • In a theater you can fool everyone past the tenth row if you're good, but on the screen you can't really fool anyone for a second.

  • He wore baldness like an expensive hat, as if it were out of the question for him to have hair like other men.

  • All creative people should be required to leave California for three months every year.

    • Gloria Swanson,
    • in K. Madsen Roth, ed., Hollywood Wits ()
  • At the London airport a few years ago I was interviewed for ten minutes before I discovered the interviewer thought I was Tallulah Bankhead. And Miss Bankhead had already been dead for three months — if you can believe The New York Times.

    • Gloria Swanson

Gloria Swanson, U.S. actor, producer, businesswoman

(1899 - 1983)

Full name: Gloria May Josephine Swanson.