She was the greatest of them all. You wouldn’t know, you’re too young. In one week she received 17,000 fan letters. Men bribed her hairdresser to get a lock of her hair. There was a maharajah who came all the way from India to beg one of her silk stockings. Later he strangled himself with it!
The film Sadie Thompson (1928) almost wasn’t made due to it’s subject matter. Censors wouldn’t even allow the word Rain, the original title of the W. Somerset Maugham best seller, to be see in any of the titles cards. According to Gloria Swanson censors went over the film ‘with a fine tooth comb’ for swearing but lip readers can clearly see Gloria’s character swear numerous times in the film.