Greta Garbo

Born Sep 18, 1905

Greta Garbo, born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress. Garbo was an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Many of Garbo's films were sensational hits, and all but three of her twenty-four Hollywood films were profitable. Garbo was nominated four times for an Academy Award and received an honorary one in 1954 for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances".… Read More

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1905 Birth Born on September 18, 1905.


1919 13 Years Old In the winter of 1919, the Spanish flu spread throughout Stockholm and Garbo's father, to whom she was very close, became ill. … Read More
1920 14 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1920, a director of film commercials for the store began casting Garbo in roles advertising women's clothing.
1922 16 Years Old In 1922, Garbo caught the attention of director Erik Arthur Petschler who gave her a part in his short comedy, Peter the Tramp. … Read More
1924 18 Years Old She was recruited in 1924 by the prominent Swedish director Mauritz Stiller to play a principal part in his classic film The Saga of Gösta Berling, a dramatization of the famous novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf. … Read More
She followed her role in Gösta Berling with a starring role in the 1925 German film Die freudlose Gasse (Joyless Street or The Street of Sorrow), directed by G. W. Pabst and co-starring Asta Nielsen. … Read More


1926 - 1927 2 More Events
1928 22 Years Old Profits from her third movie with Gilbert, A Woman of Affairs (1928), catapulted her to top Metro star of the 1928 - 29 box office season, usurping the long-reigned silent queen Lillian Gish. … Read More
1929 23 Years Old In late 1929, MGM cast Garbo in Anna Christie (1930), a film adaptation of the 1922 play by Eugene O'Neill, her first speaking role. … Read More
The film premiered in New York City on 21 February 1930 publicized with the catchphrase "Garbo talks!", and was the highest-grossing film of the year. … Read More
1931 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Garbo followed with two of her most famous roles. In 1931, she played the World War I German spy in the lavish production of Mata Hari, opposite Ramón Novarro. … Read More
1933 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Publicized as "Garbo returns", the film premiered in December 1933 to critical acclaim and box office triumph and became the highest-grossing film of the year. … Read More
1935 29 Years Old In 1935, David O. Selznick wanted to cast her as the dying heiress in Dark Victory, but Garbo chose Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (1935) in which she played another of her renowned roles. … Read More


1936 - 1937 2 More Events
1938 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Garbo's career soon declined, however, and she was one of the many stars labeled "Box Office Poison" in 1938. … Read More
1939 - 1941 2 More Events
1942 36 Years Old She signed a one-picture deal in 1942 to make The Girl from Leningrad but the project quickly dissolved. … Read More
1945 39 Years Old Salka Viertel, Garbo's close friend and collaborator, said in 1945 "Greta is impatient to work. … Read More


1948 42 Years Old Still, Garbo signed a contract in 1948 with producer Walter Wanger, who had produced Queen Christina, to shoot a picture based on Balzac's La Duchesse de Langeais. … Read More
1949 43 Years Old 1 More Event
She made several screen tests, learned the script, and arrived in Rome in the summer of 1949 to shoot the picture. … Read More
1951 45 Years Old On 9 February 1951, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States and, in 1953, bought a seven-room apartment at 450 East 52nd Street in Manhattan, New York City, where she lived for the rest of her life.


1963 57 Years Old On 13 November 1963, Garbo was a dinner guest at the White House. … Read More
1964 58 Years Old Schlee would split his time between the two, becoming Garbo's close companion and advisor until his death in 1964.


1969 - 1971 2 More Events
1975 69 Years Old In 1975, she wrote a poem about not being able to touch the hand of her friend with whom she might have been walking through life.
1984 78 Years Old Garbo was successfully treated for breast cancer in 1984. … Read More
The screen tests—the last time Garbo stepped in front of a movie camera—were thought to have been lost for forty-one years until they were rediscovered in 1990 by film historians Leonard Maltin and Jeanine Basinger. … Read More
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