Birth Name: Gloria Josephine May Swanson
Date of Birth: March 27, 1899
Place of Birth: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Date of Death: April 4, 1983
Place of Death: New York City, New York, U.S.
*Polish, German (mother)
Gloria Swanson was an American actress, singer, and producer. Her roles included Male and Female, The Affairs of Anatol, Beyond the Rocks, Zaza, Madame Sans-Gêne, Sadie Thompson, The Trespasser, Queen Kelly, and Sunset Boulevard. She was also known as Gloria Mae.
Her father, Joseph Theodore Svensson/Swanson, was born in Illinois, to Swedish parents. Her mother, Adelaide/Addie Mary (Klanowsky/Klanowski), had Polish and German ancestry.
Gloria was married to writer, musician, and activist William Dufty, until her death. She had three children, including a daughter with her former husband, director and producer Herbert K. Somborn; and a daughter with her former husband Michael Farmer.
Gloria’s paternal grandfather was Jöns/James Peter Svensson/Swanson (the son of Sven Olofsson and Lisa Svensdotter). James was born in Småland.
Gloria’s paternal grandmother was Johanna Jonasdotter/Johnson (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 grandfather was named Herniak/Herman Klanowsky/Klanowski. Herman was born in Pomerania, split between Germany and Poland.
Gloria’s maternal grandmother was Bertha A. May (the daughter of Gustave Adolph May and Marie Anna Ott). Bertha was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a German father, from Baden, and a mother from Alsace-Lorraine, who was likely of Alsatian German descent. Gustave was the son of Nikolaus May/Mai and Walburg/Walburga Ritzinger.
Sources: Gloria Swanson on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Gloria’s maternal grandparents, Herniak/Herman Klanowsky and Bertha A. May, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org