Hamilton's good friend Gloria Swanson
advised him to go to Switzerland and see Dr.
As the book's author, film historian Cari Beauchamp, explains: "Joe saw everything and everyone, from Gloria Swanson
to Adolf Hitler, through a lens of dollars and cents.
This is the only movie in which Hollywood legends Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson
can be seen together.
Through persistents and a friendly reference, he started his film career as a camera assistant in Sam Wood's Paramount Studio unit, shooting silent films with Gloria Swanson
, Rudolph Valentino and Clara Bow.
Later it became a boarding house, where, it is rumored, Gloria Swanson
spent some of her childhood years.
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 holiday exhibit "The 12 Dames of Christmas" consisting of opulently decorated Christmas trees paying homage to screen legends including Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Gloria Swanson
, will be on display at The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building Thanksgiving Day (Nov.
and William Holden starred in Sunset Boulevard 3.
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.