“The scene where Norma plays bridge with a few old friends came closest to giving us all the creeps, but it reminded us too, once again, of exactly who we were. Anna Q. Nilsson and H.B. Warner had made several important pictures together…before Anna’s career had been cut short by a riding accident. H.B. Warner had also been my leading man in Zaza and had played Christ in Mr. DeMille’s great early biblical epic King of Kings in 1927. Anna had recently returned to the screen as a character actress and looked splendid, but H.B. appeared brittle, almost transparent, when he showed up. Buster Keaton, the fourth member of the bridge party, looked ravaged, as indeed he had been, by alcohol. The last time we had spent any time together, he was still married to Natalie Talmadge and I was the Marquise de la Falaise.
“Waxworks is right,” Buster muttered in his unmatchable deadpan, as the four of us assembled for a scene, and we all howled with laughter.”
~Gloria Swanson in Swanson on Swanson
Queen Kelly // dir. Erich von Stroheim