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Book Release Celebration with Tricia Welsch - "Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up"

  • 10/3/2013 | 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room
  • Event Type: Miscellaneous

Book Release Celebration with Tricia Welsch - "Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up"Bowdoin College Associate Professor of Film Studies Tricia Welsch will discuss and present selected readings from her new book, Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up.

Welsch's biography trains a spotlight on the talented, self-assured actress whose career spanned seven decades, and also shows how the powerful women of early Hollywood re-invented themselves after their acting lives were over.

Swanson patented inventions and won fashion awards for her clothing designs, was a natural foods activist, exhibited her sculptures, and worked for the United Nations while continuing to act in films, theater, and television.

In the film Sunset Boulevard, Swanson had one of cinema's most famous exit lines--"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." In Welsch's biography, as in her real life, Gloria Swanson remains boldly in the picture.

What the critics are saying about Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up:

"I am so glad that Gloria Swanson is at last receiving the attention she deserves." --Kevin Brownlow, author of The Parade's Gone By. . ., filmmaker, and Academy Award recipient for his contributions to film scholarship and film preservation

"(The book) provides a lively, deft, and full account of Swanson's pioneering career and personal life, both of which were informed by a spirit of constant, intrepid reinvention. Welsch has given us the definitive biography of one of the major figures of the performing arts in the twentieth century." --Matthew H. Bernstein, author of Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent

Copies of Professor Welsch's book are available for sale at the Bowdoin bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.