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"If Gloria Swanson was ready for her close-up, Tricia Welsch proves more than ready to take it. Drawing from an astonishing array of materials, Welsch deftly shows that there was much, much more to Swanson than the silent era's most glamorous (and fashionable) female star or the Norma Desmond vampire of Sunset Boulevard. Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up provides a lively, deft, and full account of Swanson's pioneering career and personal life, both of which were informed by a spirit of constant, intrepid reinvention. Welsch has given us the definitive biography of one of the major figures of the performing arts in the twentieth century."
--Matthew H. Bernstein, author of Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent
"I am so glad that Gloria Swanson is at last receiving the attention she deserves."
--Kevin Brownlow, author of The Parade's Gone By. . ., filmmaker, and Academy Award recipient for his contributions to film scholarship and film preservation
"Gloria Swanson was, beyond doubt, the brightest star in Hollywood's glittering firmament for many decades, beginning in the era of silent films, continuing well into the postwar period. To a surprising degree, she understood and manipulated the idea of celebrity with an almost incalculable sense of entrepreneurship, managing to survive in a medium challenged, then as now, by rapid technological shifts. Tricia Welsch shows us why the whole world loved her in this sparky, intelligent, and deeply researched biography. A brilliant study of this iconic figure."
--Jay Parini, author of The Last Station: A Novel of Tolstoy's Final Year