Feminist Icon or Damsel in Distress? — The Plunge Into Hollywood

Gloria would be picked up by Jack Conway and the Triangle company shortly after Teddy and in her first role with them she would perform a death-defying stunt in which she would leap 15-feet off a dock into icy waters below. Soon Gloria would be taking a different kind of plunge as she stood on the precipice of stardom, about to leap into the uncertain waters of Hollywood, and she couldn’t even swim… … More Feminist Icon or Damsel in Distress? — The Plunge Into Hollywood

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Feminist Icon or Damsel in Distress? – 100 years on from ‘Teddy at the Throttle’

The Mack Sennett comedy ‘Teddy at the Throttle’ became a centenary picture this year and one hundred years on from its original release the image of Gloria Swanson tied to the railroad tracks is still a silent-era cliché etched into collective memory; but even by 1917 a young Miss Swanson was already making a name for herself, but not for being a ‘damsel’. In a year that saw the beginnings of the Russian Revolution and Woodrow Wilson’s declaration of war on Germany something else of great importance was beginning to unfold in the United States… … More Feminist Icon or Damsel in Distress? – 100 years on from ‘Teddy at the Throttle’

Beyond ‘Sunset’ – Who is Gloria Swanson?

…Miss Swanson stands before us now, not the ageing Norma Desmond, but the Mesopotamian goddess of ‘Male and Female’ forced to yield willingly to a strident Babylonian king named Hollywood or face being eaten alive by the ravenous Lions of Ishtar. She removed her hand from the outstretched one of a male dominated world and marched willingly toward the black gate of uncertainty and the world sank its teeth into her… … More Beyond ‘Sunset’ – Who is Gloria Swanson?