The Ultimate Star
Thomas Dunne 2013
Hardback 517pp Illustrated
9781250001559   Product Code: 22166
One of the grandest stars of the silent era, Gloria Swanson made a glorious comeback in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard in 1950 and has ever since been associated with the faded movie queen that she played. This biography considers her achievements in films, providing a template for stardom in Hollywood's early days, examines her private life and separates the real Gloria Swanson from the tragic Norma Desmond, with whom she will always be associated. Slightly off-mint.