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Gladys Swarthout (1897–1969)


This colorful diva of the Metropolitan Opera was one of several who jumped on the operatic bandwagon during the 1930s to achieve film stardom. Following her prima donna peers Jeanette MacDonald, Lily Pons and Grace Moore to the silver screen, Gladys' turnout would be meager and a major disappointment. Born in Deepwater, Missouri, an Ozark mining ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 71) in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Known For

Ambush Jane Hartman
(1939)
Give Us This Night Maria Severelli
(1936)
Romance in the Dark Ilona Boros
(1938)
Rose of the Rancho Rosita Castro aka Don Carlos
(1936)

Filmography

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 1939 Ambush
Jane Hartman
 1938 Romance in the Dark
Ilona Boros
 1937 Champagne Waltz
Elsa Strauss
 1936 Give Us This Night
Maria Severelli
 1936 Rose of the Rancho
Rosita Castro aka Don Carlos
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 1936 Give Us This Night (performer: "Lift up your voices" processional, "Sweet Melody of Night" (Romeo's prelude), "My Love and I", "I Mean to Say I Love You", "Music in the Night (and Laughter in the Air)")
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 1957 Person to Person (TV Series documentary)
Herself
- Episode #4.23 (1957) ... Herself
 1951-1952 The Voice of Firestone (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #4.11 (1952) ... Herself
- Episode #3.11 (1951) ... Herself
 1951 Wonderful Town, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #1.16 (1951) ... Herself
- Episode #1.10 (1951) ... Herself
 1951 Footlights and Kleiglights (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #1.63 (1951) ... Herself
 1951 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Herself - Mystery Guest
- Gladys Swarthout (1951) ... Herself - Mystery Guest
 1951 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
Herself - Opera Singer
- Episode #3.16 (1951) ... Herself - Opera Singer
 1950 Showtime, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Herself - Hostess
- Episode #1.12 (1950) ... Herself - Hostess
 1950 This Is Show Business (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode dated 26 November 1950 (1950) ... Herself
 1950 The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter (TV Series)
Herself - Opera Singer
- Episode #2.2 (1950) ... Herself - Opera Singer
 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 7 (Documentary short)
Herself
 1935 A Dream Comes True (Documentary short)
Herself (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Participated in the September 8, 1937 Memorial Concert tribute to George Gershwin at the Hollywood Bowl, in which she sang "The Man I Love". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gladys Swarthout Chapman
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Trivia:

Once during her salad days, she was giving a recital and missed a high note. The ultimate perfectionist, she made her teacher start again and this time she hit the note perfectly. As a result, a wealthy Kansas family went on and completely financed her musical education. See more »

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