When characters come to life…

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Gloria Swanson photographed by Otto Dyar

Cameron Crow: Having created Norma Desmond, what did it feel like making the movie? Was she a living, breathing person to you?

Billy Wilder: Yes she was, yes she was. Yes, absolutely. Suddenly there is a person there, not just on paper. She was a real character, who had lived, who could be living on Sunset Boulevard…

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Set Still, Sunset Boulevard


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  1. June 26, 2014

    I adore Gloria S. in this movie. What’s not to love?

    • June 27, 2014

      I know Mae West turned down the role, wonder why she didn’t love it?

  2. June 26, 2014

    Love her face. How old was she is SBlvd?

    • June 27, 2014

      She was fifty – pretty damn gorgeous – and always careful about getting plenty of exercise and eating well.

  3. June 27, 2014

    Glamour was really understood in those days:) I love your blog

    • June 27, 2014

      I have a girlfriend who is a costume designer, she always tells me glamour is based on proper foundation garments 😉 .

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