All That Glitters: Joe Kennedy and Gloria Swanson

The mogul, the missus, the movie star, and the marquis

Kathy Copeland Padden
5 min readJun 3, 2023

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We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!

Long before Jack Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe were dancing in the sheets, there was Joe Kennedy Sr. and silent screen superstar Gloria Swanson. The movie star and the mogul quickly cultivated a relationship, both professional and personal, that would change the course of their lives and…

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Kathy Copeland Padden

is a music fanatic, classic film aficionado, and history buff surfing the End Times wave like a boss. Come along!