- It's a name that resonates throughout
- But also when we think of "Hollywood"
- many other images come to mind!
- Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West
- " Way ahead of their time!"
- "Those three women lead the way in the 20's for
- Davis, Crawford, and Hepburn
- in the following decades."
- "Hollywood historians give the later three actresses credit for being
- the 'strong women' types along with Barbara Stanwyck. But
- they got it from Swanson and Garbo. People easily forget
- 'silent film' in considering film history." recalled Bette.
- Of these talented individuals, I personally found
- exceptionally fascinating!
- Star status was a position she understood completely:
- " I have decided that when I am a star,
- I will be every inch and every moment a star!"
- Even from the beginning, there was
- " Gloria May Josephine Swanson "
- " I feel sure that unborn babies pick their parents. They may spend
- a whole lifetime trying to figure out the reasons for their choice,
- but nothing in any human story is accidental. "
- " This time, for instance, I obviously wanted a long, exciting life.
- Millions of boys and girls made love in the summer of 1898, but
- I waited for the right moment between a young man named
- Joe Swanson and his wife, Adelaide, before I willed my way from
- infinity, to the second floor of 341 Grace Street in Chicago.
- I decided to be a girl. "
- " I was born on March 27, 1899, under the sign of Aries. My maternal grandmother,
- who was in attendance, leaned down to my pale, exhausted mother and said,
- "She's beautiful." Then she turned to the doctor, and lowering her voice so that
- her daughter wouldn't hear, asked, "But aren't her ears awfully large?" "
The birth of a child is always a blessing!
- " I gave birth to an Angel, "
- Sophie Frederica Alohilani
- "The size of my ears, which had alarmed my grandmother Bertha Lew, the
- day I was born, continued to worry my mother in the years to come.
- My big blue eyes were one thing; my big ears were something else. So
- for years, while all the other girls my age were wearing teeny tiny hair
- ribbons, my mother made giant silk bows and poufs for me to hide my ears."
Between the ages of five and eight.
- Gloria's career from the beginning has been a unique one.
- She was first exposed to film, as an "extra" on a visit to
- Essanay Studios, in New York City, at the age of
- seventeen, and over the next few years had a number
- of small parts. Then she weathered eight so-so pictures
- at Triangle Studios, before being discovered by
- Cecil B. De Mille. Who transformed her from a pretty
- and spirited young actress, into a poised, well-groomed,
- There is no doubt that the films she made for DeMille,
- set the pace for the 1920's. Glamour and seduction went
- hand in hand with inevitable retribution, but not before
- the audience had received a heady vision of Swanson's
- "Make it sleeveless, backless, skirtless ~
- in short, go to the limit."
- DeMille, with Swanson as his model, was more responsible
- than anyone for making Hollywood films the vehicle for
- exaggerated 'haute couture,' for extravagant grooming and
- hair-styling, and for luxurious interior decoration. Gloria's
- elegant body was seen swathed in the most extraordinary
- garbs, which flowed down into trains around her feet, or
- she appeared in stages of undress calculated to excite
- her more sex-starved audiences.
- By 1923, she had become so astronomically popular, only just behind
- Mary Pickford, that she was able to dictate her own terms to
- Paramount when they wanted to renew her contract.
- She shrewdly varied her roles as much
- as possible without loosing her identity,
- making a trip to France for the lead
- in "Madame Sans Gene" in 1924.
- She brought back not only a smash
- hit film, but her new husband,
- Henri de la Falaise, a French marquis.
- Upon returning to America, a brass band met her
- at the station and she drove in an open car with the
- Marquis and Louella Parsons, who had hurried to
- met them at the depot. From station to station the
- streets were lined and Gloria stood in the tonneau
- throwing kisses on her subjects. The Marquis
- modestly kept his hat on, and his head lowered.
- When Gloria entered Grauman's Million Dollar
- Theatre that night for "Madame Sans Genes' "
- Los Angeles premiere, the audience rose and sang,
- "Home Sweet Home." She was wearing a cloth-of-silver
- gown and her diamonds, and had tears in her eyes. As
- the band continued to play, the audience wouldn't
- stop cheering and yelling, until the lights dimmed and
- " A few minutes later the head usher came down the aisle and knelt at my feet,
- telling me that the police couldn't handle the crowd anymore out front. They were
- bringing a car around to the alley and wanted us to leave immediately through the
- orchestra pit and backstage. So Henri and Mother and I sneaked out in the
- darkness to the alley, where the car was waiting, and
- the police escorted us on our slow drive home.
- It was our first quiet moment in days, the first time I could really think.
- Mother finally said, "Glory, you're so quiet. This should be the happiest
- "My mother and I could look out the same window
- without ever seeing the same thing."
- I shook my head. "No, Mother," I said, "it's the saddest.
- I'm just twenty-six. Where do I go from here?"
- " I was thinking that every victory is also a defeat.
- Nobody gets anything for nothing. "
- As you will see later, she paid a price to be there that night.
- When she became a major star, in the 1920's, she bought the King
- Gillette mansion and furnished it as a showplace. "The Second
- woman in Hollywood to make a million, and the first to spend it,"
- they said of her. The twenty-two room, Italian mansion stood
- on Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Drive, a short distance
- from the Beverly Hills Hotel.
- Shown here in 1928, Gloria is surrounded by acacias and palm
- trees, in the garden of her Beverly Hills home.
- If there is one star, of today, that seems to exhibit the style
- and sophistication, once belonging to Gloria Swanson,
- it would be "Demi Moore."
- With a nod to the classics, Demi covered her crushed velvet dress with a
- black wool crepe'. Crimson lips, ringlets, and a jeweled
- headband accent her gorgeous face!
- Whenever anything was written about Gloria, one topic always seemed
- to come up! She was extremely concerned about the food we were
- eating, and the quality of the water we drank.
- For some reason, her concern was always "misunderstood."
- " . . . I began having terrible stomach pains. I tried to ignore
- them, but they didn't go away. They increased. I was absolutely
- certain I had ulcers, and the more I worried, the worse the pain
- got. Henri and Lois Wilson begged me to see a doctor, but the
- only one I trusted was in Paris, and knowing me, all of our
- friends were reluctant to suggest one. I was frantic, however, and
- in serious pain. In no way could I start filming in that condition.
- Finally I called Jane Grey, a friend who worked for
- 'Good Housekeeping' magazine, and she recommended a doctor
- in Pasadena, who had been treating her mother. In fact, she swore
- by him. The doctor's name was Henry G. Bieler, and his office was
- so tiny and unassuming that I checked the address again before I
- went in. There was no receptionist and no nurse, just a simple
- room with a couple of chairs in it and a sign on the wall that said:
" NO SMOKING!"
- Oh, no, I thought; had I driven all the way to Pasadena to get a sermon on the
- evils of smoking? What nonsense. I had been smoking since I was fifteen.
- The only time I ever quit was when I was pregnant.
- Dr. Bieler was a little man, not much bigger than me. He looked more like a
- bookkeeper than a physician: no white coat, no stethoscope, no smell of medicine
- or disinfectant about him. I repeated what I had told him on the phone, that I feared
- I had ulcers and that Miss Grey had recommended him to me. He seemed not to
- pay much attention to what I said. He just kept staring at me. Then he sat
- down at his desk and motioned for me to sit down opposite him.
- At last he spoke: "Take off your earrings, please."
- As I started to reach for my ears, I thought, 'This is ridiculous, and paused. I even
- considered leaving by the door I had just entered. He gave me an instant look,
- however, so I took off my earrings and put them in my purse. Still he just kept looking
- at me. Then he reached into a desk drawer, and pulling out a long yellow pad and
- "What did you have to eat last night?"
- I was still dubious ~ very ~ about the earrings business, but at least his second
- remark related to my stomach, where the pain was, so I hastened to be cooperative.
- "Oh!" I said. "A shrimp cocktail."
- "You didn't have any of those little things before you went to the table?"
- "Oh yes, hors d'oeuvres. Well, let's see, I had some toasted almond, several green
- olives wrapped in bacon, and a deviled egg."
- He was writing everything down. When he got to the deviled eggs, he motioned
- for me to stop until he could catch up. Half amused, I looked at the pad as he wrote.
- "Deviled egg" wasn't two words. It was a list of all the ingredients: egg, mayonnaise,
- mustard, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, chives.
- "And a bit of pate' and a cheese puff," I said, in a deliberately speeded up tone in
- order to convey to him that I was a busy woman and in no mood for games.
- With no change of pace on his part, he added those things to the list.
- "Did you drink?" he asked.
- "Yes," I said. "Dubonnet. A sip."
- "All right," he said, "now, back to the table. What kind of sauce did you
- have on the shrimp cocktail?"
- You have to guess, I wanted to say, but I controlled myself and said, "Something red."
- He stopped and considered for a minute and then added many items to the list. His
- inquisition continued, course by course, through the whole meal I had eaten the
- night before with Henri and friends: soup, fish, chicken, the various accompanying
- wines, the jelly with the bird, the sauce and the stuffing with the fish,
- the peas, the fresh asparagus.
- "Hollandaise sauce?" he interjected and I nodded, and he recorded it. "How about
- dessert?" he asked, when we came to the end of the meal.
- "Yes, champagne," I said, "one glass. And several cigarettes," I added, assuming that
- that was what he had probably been trying to get out of me all along. It didn't
- seem to interest him. By now he had covered three sheets of foolscap, and
- he was scanning them like an accountant.
- "I'll tell you what I want you to do," he said. "Close your eyes while I read off each
- item I've recorded here on your chart. I want you to imagine a plate, empty at first,
- and then as I call out these ingredients, I want you to visualize them piling up
- on that plate. Or better still, imagine spooning them into a garbage pail."
- He read the whole list slowly to me; waves of nausea built up inside of me,
- so that I thought I was going to throw up. When he finished he asked
- me calmly and matter-of-factly,
- "Tell me, what animal, including a pig, would eat that combination of things in less than two hours?"
- I was dumb struck. No one had ever spoken to me like that before. He smiled
- quizzically at me for a full beat before he drove the nail home.
- "Why do you treat your stomach like a garbage pail?"
- We then exchanged a smile of complete trust. I knew this was the doctor
- for me and he knew I was salvageable.
- In medical school he had been ill himself, he told me, of asthma and kidney
- problems. His professors recommended all the conventional treatments, but he
- got steadily worse. At last he came across an out-of-print book on fasting.
- Having tried everything else without success, he felt he had nothing to lose,
- except the useless weight. As he grew noticeably thinner, his friends and professors
- expressed concern. They told him he was killing himself. But he didn't feel awful,
- and once he had lost sixty pounds, he also lost his asthma and his kidney problems.
- Then he began to read some of the books on natural medicine written by traditional
- American doctors who had practiced and studied in this country early in the century,
- before doctors began to prescribe only the standard drugs and medicines produced
- by the huge international pharmaceutical cartels. At that point, he became a
- maverick and reverted to the good sense of a healthier age.
- His words made perfect sense to me. In fact, I felt better just listening to him. At
- the end of an hour and a half he told me I could put my earrings back on. Then
- he prescribed a series of enemas and a modified fast of vegetable broth made of
- zucchini, celery, and string beans, and told me come back in a week.
- "May I ask why you had me take off my earrings?" I questioned him, before I left.
- "Of course," he said. "I wanted to see your lobes. Long lobes indicate
- healthy adrenals, and you certainly have them."
- I had a few rough days as my body gradually eliminated
- the poisons built up in it, and Henri protested loudly
- that surely I was making myself ill, not well, but by the
- time I went back to Dr. Bieler I felt like a different woman.
- And by the time we went into the studio to start shooting
- "Sadie" ~ my skin was glowing, my eyes were clear and
- sparkling, and my nerves were calm. Dr. Bieler was a great
- doctor because he was a great teacher.
There are not thousands of physical disorders, only one ~ toxemia.
- He taught me simple things, such as:
- We poison ourselves and one another. Pain is a divine signal from heaven, nature,
- Mrs. God, Mother Nature, whatever it is, telling us to mend our ways, to stop
- poisoning ourselves, to clean ourselves out. It we eat simple, natural food in
- modest amounts, our wonderful bodies will heal themselves naturally. Each of
- us is personally responsible for his own health. He said he wouldn't allow his
- patients to take any medicine or drugs, not so much as an aspirin. To take
- painkillers and treat symptoms, he said, is as insane as turning off an alarm
- while the fire rages on unchecked.
- For years, people I didn't know considered me an obsessive crank about food
- and diet. I didn't care. I still don't, and the longer I live, the more people join
- me in the certainty that your body is the direct result of what you eat as well as
- what you don't eat. I know my body. I like it and I trust it. I don't stuff it full
- of bad food, and I don't let surgeons start cutting into it the minute I have a
- pain somewhere, because pain, as Hal Bieler told me 1927, is a divine signal, telling
- you to take care of yourself with proper diet, not necessarily telling you or a doctor
- who hardly knows you that some part of you has to be cut or numbed with drugs.
- Health is just everyday sensible care of your body.
- "Thank you" for allowing me to relate Gloria's story. Because I feel to a
- large degree, she has been completely misunderstood, as to why she decided
- to follow a healthier lifestyle.
Here's one more item, which will surprise you!
- "I became a fanatic about healthy food in 1944, when it became common practice
- in the United States to spray crops with insecticides, and as soon as I learned in
- 1951 that one U.S. Congressman, Representative James J. Delaney, was devoting
- himself to having laws passed to stop the food we eat from being sprayed and manured
- with harmful chemicals, I threw myself into supporting him in every way I could.
- In 1952, I was the guest speaker at the Congressional Wives Club in Washington, on
- a day when Bess Truman was the guest of honor, and instead of telling the six or seven
- hundred women at the luncheon "all about Hollywood," as I'm sure they expected me
- to do, I made them listen to a hundred horrifying facts about female hormones being
- injected into chickens, and the poisoned condition of crops and soil all over our
- country, and I begged them to go right home and force their husbands, by whatever
- means they could bring to bear, to vote for the Delaney Amendment."
- I found that interesting, considering that over the past few years, we have
- seen quite a few well known celebrities testifying on Capitol Hill,
- on behalf of various causes.
- For more recent film-goers, Gloria's return to the screen in
- will always remain a defining moment
"All those wonderful people out there in the dark."
- Released in 1950, the picture starred
- "William Holden, Gloria Swanson,
- Nancy Olson, and Erich von Stroheim."
- The story is so well know, that a
- description is not necessary!
- Gloria always denied that Norma Desmond, the
- faded silent star, who lived in the past and became
- demented by Hollywood's neglect, had anything
- to do with her own inner process. But honestly,
- how could she not help but identify to
- some degree with the character?
- Gloria, too, had known great stardom and great
- failure. She had experienced deep disappointments
- and neglect for many years, just like Norma, who
- also considered herself 'every inch the star.'
- They shared so many similarities, that it was
- only fitting that Gloria received the honor of
- For it she got her third Academy Award
- nomination, but unfortunately, Judy Holliday
- won for "Born Yesterday."
- "We didn't need dialogue then.
- "I am big! It's the pictures
"I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille."
- The expected offers after "Sunset Boulevard" failed to come in,
- and Paramount seemed little interested in her subsequent fortunes.
- She was offered a test for "Darling, how could you,"
- but proudly refused to test.
- If they don't know what I can do by now,
- why bother!" she exclaimed.
- In the early seventies I starred in a full length
- horror film, called "Killer Bees," made especially
- for television. Although I read the script with
- trepidation, I ended up thinking it was
- terrific and said, "yes."
- I played a German woman, the mother of Craig
- Stevens. We shot the film in Hollywood and on
- location in the beautiful Napa Valley, above
- San Francisco. We saved the scenes with the
- bees for last. The picture turned out to be a
- classic in the genre, I think, and it is rerun
- frequently in America and abroad.
- People always ask me, "Weren't you terrified to
- do those scenes with the bees?" I always want to
- say, "Not as terrified as I was to have the lion put
- his paw on my back in 1919, for "Male and Female." But instead, I explain that I was really worried only about my ears, so I put cotton in
- them. Anyway, the bees were sluggish at the
- start, when they put them all over me, and only
- came alive as the lights warmed them up.
- Furthermore, we were told that they had all
- their stingers removed, but that is the kind of
- information that's always hard to believe.
With Dolores Del Rio, a very rare 1970's shot.
- ~ Those eyes! That incredible face! ~
- And she kept getting better!
- If in her old age, she jumped off the deep
- end proselytizing about "the poisons in
- out food that are killing us," she managed
- to remain a beloved if not, eccentric
She certainly never fit anyone's standard
- of beauty. Surprisingly small at slightly
- under five feet tall, she was a fashion
- plate for over 60 years, and it seemed
- that she would go on forever.
- Greta Garbo once asked, "Gloria, how you wear me out.
- Where do you get all this energy?"
- Never say never, for if you live long enough, chances are you will not be able to
- abide by the simplest of such injunctions. In 1919, for example, I promised my father
- I would never fly in an airplane again. Although I waited until Daddy died to go back
- on my word, I have flown hundreds of thousands of miles since then, in propeller
- planes, in giant jets, and in one of the early successful helicopters, over Niagara Falls,
- when I felt like a hummingbird. As a guest of the National Aeronautics and Space
- Administration, I was even invited, by Wernher von Braun himself, to sit in one
- of the first space capsules, before astronauts even flew in it.
- In 1921, after two unsuccessful marriages, I told myself and
- millions of fans that I would never marry again. I have had four
- more husbands since then. In 1925, I said I would complete my
- contract at Paramount and never make another picture, and
- in 1951, after a successful comeback that threatened me with
- typecasting for the rest of my life, I vowed I would never play
- another aging movie queen. As recently as 1974, I made a
- feature picture in Hollywood and played in it an aging
- movie queen ~ myself, Gloria Swanson.
So it's no use saying never.
- Never is a long, undependable time, and life is too full of
- rich possibilities to have restrictions placed on it.
- Gloria Swanson, at eighty-one, in full possession
- of all her many strengths, and now the sole
- survivor of a lifetime filled with such adventures
- that no novelist could begin to imagine, tells
- her own story ~ in her own words!
- "These are the memoirs of a great survivor, a great actress, and
- a beautiful woman ~ the Hollywood story for all time!"
- Previously, she had vowed that it would never happen,
- but through the years so much distortion had been
- published about her, that she wanted to set the record straight, even if at times her own account didn't flatter
- her image. "I'd rather have the truth in print, even if it's painful and abrasive," she told an interviewer in 1980,
- "than lies and fantasies and suppositions."
- "Sparkling . . . Movie Stars' memoirs don't get any better
- than this," wrote Janet Maslin, of the New York Times. And
- John Barkham has this to say: " 'Swanson on Swanson' is the
- most revealing book ever written by an authentic movie queen."
- In 1980 and 1981, Gloria did a cross-country promotional
- tour for "Swanson on Swanson" that would have severely taxed the energies of someone a third of her age.
- If you ever get the chance to read her book, it's absolutely fascinating!
- One of the most touching stories within, occurs on the last two pages, where
- Gloria is going over her checklist, of the things she wanted to talk about. In drawing
- the book to a close, she returns to the moment in her life, when she felt the happiest ~
- but yet, the greatest despair ~ when she would never be able to view her life the same
- way, ever again. She begins by talking about her recent marriage to Henri, her
- successful film career, and unfortunately, the baby she decided to not have.
- In 1925, the Hays Office with its rigid censorship ruled Hollywood with an iron
- fist. If she had Henri's baby, her career would be finished. The industry and the
- public would both reject her, viewing her a morally unsound individual, unfit to
- represent them. So she underwent an abortion of his baby to save her career,
- and almost died from the secret operation.
- "If the operation had gone as smoothly as I was assured it would, I would have
- continued my life as usual later that same day and gone on living normally for years
- to come, with twinges of guilt, of course, but probably never with any full realization
- of my proper feelings about what I had done. However, the doctor bungled the
- simple operation, and the next day I was unconscious with fever. Then for weeks
- I lay between life and death in a Paris hospital, having nightmares about the
- child I had killed, wishing I were dead myself."
- With those words in mind, here's her final
- With my children, Joseph,
- "I am blessed at eighty-one with two daughters,
- six grandchildren, and two great-grand children.
- They are the joys of my life. In 1975, my son, Joseph,
- died, much too soon, much too young. In 1979, one of
- my four granddaughters died, much, much too soon,
- much, much too young. They have been my
- They are somehow and beautifully mixed,
- I have only had intimations."
- In 1966, my dear, sweet mother died. She was
- her own woman, had married three times, had one
- child, me, and had fulfilled herself. Every week
- on Sunday, I had called her when we lived apart,
- and every year on my birthday I sent her flowers.
- I nursed her for the last two weeks of her life as
- if she were my baby. Finally, as she lay in a
- hospital bed in California, dying of a stroke from
- a transfusion I hadn't wanted her to have, I kept
- whispering in her ear, "Let go, my little mother,
- let go." It was as simple as that. The moment
- was there. I knew it. So I'm sure, did she.
- There have to be patterns and reasons, but we can never
- seem to figure them out logically or completely. If we
- wait and search, however, we stumble from time to
- time onto partial answers. For example, the greatest
- regret of my life has always been that I didn't have
- my baby, Henri's child, in 1925.
- Nothing in the whole world is worth a baby, I realized as
- soon as it was too late, and I never stopped blaming myself.
- Then in 1979, Bill and I traveled to Japan, and at a Buddhist
- temple at a place called Kyo San, or Honorable Mountain,
- our guide and a Buddhist monk led us up through the most
- timeless, peaceful landscape I have ever seen, asleep or awake;
- a mountain forest of giant cedars, with a network of pathways
- lacing the area, and ancient graves everywhere. At one point,
- I noticed a tiny figure near the massive roots of one of the
- cedars. Then another. Then I realized that there were
- hundreds. With little cloth bibs around them.
- " What are these? " I asked.
- " Babies," the guide said. He crouched down for a closer look at one stone.
- " Fifteen hundred twenty-five. This baby's life was ended before he was born."
- Then he and the monk must have seen how deeply moved I was, for they showed
- me how to pay respect in that place. They gave me a dipper of water and indicated that
- I should pour it over the tiny stone figure. Then I burned the incense the monk
- gave me, and left some grains of rice.
- As we stood up, I was crying fresh tears out of a guilt I had carried for fifty-four years.
- The guide and the monk exchanged some words, and then the guide said to me,
- "We all choose our parents. We choose everything. No blame."
- I believed him. The message came to me too directly
- for me to disbelieve it. I believe it to this day. And
- since that day on the Honorable Mountain, I look at
- my children and their children, and their children
- with respect and awe as well as love.
- Things are not clear yet, not by a long shot, but they
- are getting clearer than they were that day in the
- summer of 1898 when I picked Joseph Swanson
- and his wife, Adelaide, to be my parents.
- Shortly before her death, Gloria said,
- "I don't even want a tombstone ~ people will
- remember me in their hearts or not at all."
- To the end, this ~ 'Lover of Life' ~ lived that "life" to the hilt.
- But time was running out, as it must for all mortals. Gloria began to grow
- unaccountably fatigued. And then, around the time of her eighty-fourth birthday,
- came a heart attack. At Doctors Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, her celebrated
- life force seemed at first to rally, and then at 4:45 a.m. on Monday, April 4th, 1983,
- she passed away in her sleep.
The large headlines announcing her exit from this life would have pleased her.
- "The New York Times" honored her on April 6th, with a special editorial entitled:
- "THE GREATEST STAR OF THEM ALL."
- "Gloria Swanson, who died this week at the age of 84, was young when the movies
- were young, and has to be mentioned in the same breath with Douglas Fairbanks,
- Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Rudolph Valentino. Unlike her peers, however,
- she eclipsed the successes of her youth with one remarkable performance in
- middle age. It's impossible to imagine any other actress playing the deluded
- Norma Desmond and uttering that memorable last line,
- "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille."
- Hordes of curiosity-seekers were trying to squeeze into the gowns,
- sizes four and six; others were manhandling egret feathers and Lalique
- perfume bottles. The glory that was Gloria Swanson was up for grabs, and
- when the auction ended, the tattered gold-thread Salome scarf from the finale
- of "Sunset Boulevard" had brought $8,000. But this was not the end of the
- indomitable star who died in the spring of 1983.
- The real Swanson treasures are stored away at the University of Texas, not to
- be opened until the year 2000, presumably in deference to the family of
- Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., who might be embarrassed by the love letters
- he wrote to Gloria when she was his mistress. "I don't want to cause
- any embarrassment to anybody. But I feel that the letters should be
- kept because they show a different side of a man who was an
- important figure in American history."
- But aside from the personal notoriety, there is no question, hers was
- one of the important careers in film history. Her performances,
- too little seen today, defy age, just as she did!
- Be sure to tune in at a later date, when I'll be presenting
- the stunning theatrical tribute to
- "Gloria would have been thrilled,"