Gloria Swanson

Birth Name: Gloria Josephine May Swanson

Date of Birth: March 27, 1899

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date of Death: April 4, 1983

Place of Death: New York City, New York

*Swedish (father)
*Polish, German, French (mother)

Gloria Swanson was an American actress, singer, and producer. Her father, Joseph Theodore Svensson/Swanson, was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents. Her mother, Adelaide/Addie Mary (Klanowsky/Klanowski), had Polish, German, and French ancestry.

Gloria’s paternal grandfather was Jöns/James Peter Svensson (the son of Sven Olofsson and Lisa Svensdotter).

Gloria’s paternal grandmother was Johanna Jonasdotter (the daughter of Jonas Johannesson and Lisa Jonasdotter). Jonas was the son of Johannes Andersson and Ingeborg Pehrsdotter. Lisa was the daughter of Jonas Andersson and Elsa Christina Jonasdotter Wallmén.

Gloria’s maternal grandparents were Herniak/Herman Klanowsky/Klanowski and Bertha A. May. Herman was born in Pomerania, split between Germany and Poland. Bertha was born in Illinois, to a German father and a French mother.

Sources: Gloria Swanson on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Gloria’s maternal grandparents, Herniak/Herman Klanowsky and Bertha A. May, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


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