Gloria Swanson reading on library ladder (c. 1920).
Gloria Swanson wasn’t here to make friends. She wasn’t “just like us.” She didn’t take out the garbage or “wear cotton” or go to any bathroom. Lady had a gold-plated bathtub. She married a Marquis. She was 4’11,” wore a 2 ½ in shoes, and had a waist approximately the size of a neck. She looked most beautiful when frowning. And for a period in the 1920s, she was the biggest star in the world.