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At 26 I felt myself a victim rather than a victor in the realm of pictures.
– Gloria Swanson
I was 25 and the most popular celebrity in the world, with the possible exception of my friend Mary Pickford.
I’ve given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can’t divorce a book.
I doubted that there were Communists hiding behind every corporation desk and director’s chair.
I am a very pragmatic person.
I was married when I was 17. I knew nothing. I was full of romance.
By the time I was 15, my mother had turned me into a real clotheshorse.
I had starred in more than 30 successful films, six in a row directed by Cecil B. De Mille.
Because I take care of my body, it doesn’t look like the body of a woman of my years.
Life and death. They are somehow sweetly and beautifully mixed, but I don’t know how.
I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life playing Norma Desmond over and over again.
The English press treated the world premiere of my first talking picture as a major event.
One of the networks sent me a TV set to watch. I didn’t care for the medium. It depressed me.
Fame was thrilling only until it became grueling. Money was fun only until you ran out of things to buy.
All they had to do was put my name on a marquee and watch the money roll in.
After 16 years in pictures I could not be intimidated easily, because I knew where all the skeletons were buried.
Nobody gets anything for nothing.
I entered the cosmetics industry because I wanted more women to use cosmetics made with safe, healthful ingredients.
I became a fanatic about healthy food in 1944.
From the first moment on the set I was consumed with curiousity about the technical side of shooting a sound picture.
I consider anybody who weighs over 200 pounds fat, and time was when I could not refrain from telling such people so.
As Daddy said, life is 95 percent anticipation.
Sunset Boulevard opened in August 1950, and it was pronounced the best movie ever made about Hollywood.
All creative people should be required to leave California for three months every year.
I feel sure that unborn babies pick their parents.
I always anticipated difficulties in order to avoid scenes.