Gloria Swanson

publicity photo of Gloria Swanson, c. 1925, Hic et nunc

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.

*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 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 (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 grandfather was named Herniak/Herman Klanowsky/Klanowski. Herman was born in Pomerania, split between Germany and Poland.

Gloria’s maternal grandmother was named Bertha A. May. 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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1 Response

  1. Masterlord says:

    She is far from being as famous as Ingrid Bergman or Greta Garbo over here (Sweden). Which is a real shame, she looks completely gorgeus!

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