Silent film and Hollywood legend Gloria Swanson (1899-1983) was a very famous actress in Hollywood during the 1920s and mid-1930s; she is particularlyred for her role of Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard" (1950). In a lot of her photographs and TV appearances she was always wearing or holding a white rose. Was it a symbol of any kind? What did it mean. After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. I don't think she did. I just Googled for images of Gloria Swanson, looked at 200 photos, and only saw one photo of her with a rose in it.
Add "&fmt=18" for the high-resolution version. From THE DICK CAVETT SHOW. August 3, 1970.