The Norman Studios Silent Film Museum and the Hotel Indigo® Jacksonville will screen three silent comedies starring Gloria Swanson and Louise Fazenda at the next Silent Sundays event on Sunday, April 30.
By the time of her manic portrayal of Norma Desmond in 1950’s Sunset Boulevard – her most famous role – Gloria Swanson has already been gracing the silver screen for more than three decade, making her film debut in 1914, drawing $13.50 a week. Over the years, she became known perhaps as much for her extravagant, haute couture wardrobe as her many and varied onscreen personas and off-screen lovers.
Louise Fazenda had worked for a dentist, a candy store owner and a tax collector before her own motion picture debut in 1913. Considered among the greatest character comedians, she appeared in nearly 300 films and shorts throughout her career, retiring after her 1939 appearance alongside Bette Davis in The Old Maid.
Jacksonville University’s Tony Steve and the Silver Synchro Sounds will provide live musical accompaniment. Tickets are $5 for this family-friendly series. Adult patrons 21 and older can enjoy the film with a glass Shhh! – the Silent Sundays signature cocktail created by the Hotel Indigo bar staff. Doors open at 3pm, film begins at 4pm.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door (cash or credit).