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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 »


(age 71) in Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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Known For

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


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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)
- Episode #4.23 (1957) ... Self
 1951-1952 The Voice of Firestone (TV Series)
- Episode #4.11 (1952) ... Self
- Episode #3.11 (1951) ... Self
 1951 Wonderful Town, U.S.A. (TV Series)
- Westport, Connecticut (1951) ... Self
- Episode #1.10 (1951) ... Self
 1951 Footlights and Kleiglights (TV Series)
- Episode #1.63 (1951) ... Self
 1951 What's My Line? (TV Series)
Self - Mystery Guest
- Gladys Swarthout (1951) ... Self - Mystery Guest
 1951 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
Self - Opera Singer
- Episode #3.16 (1951) ... Self - Opera Singer
 1950 Showtime, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Self - Hostess
- Episode #1.12 (1950) ... Self - Hostess
 1950 This Is Show Business (TV Series)
- Episode dated 26 November 1950 (1950) ... Self
 1950 The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter (TV Series)
Self - Opera Singer
- Gladys Swarthout, Vera Vague, the Berry Brothers (1950) ... Self - Opera Singer
 1950 Treasury Bond Drive (TV Special)
 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 7 (Documentary short)
 1935 A Dream Comes True (Documentary short)
Self (uncredited)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Sang the soprano role in Arturo Toscanini's 1947 radio broadcast of Hector Berlioz's "dramatic symphony", "Romeo et Juliette". Excerpts from this performance were released on records during Toscanini's lifetime and for years afterward; the complete performance finally appeared on CD in the 1990s. Toscanini was one of the few ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gladys Swarthout Chapman

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Father: Frank Lee Swarthout; Mother: Ruth Elizabeth Wonser. See more »

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