Greta Garbo

actress Greta Garbo

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".
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Sybil Jason, child star and screen rival to Shirley Temple, dies at 83 - Washington Post
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23 at 83, was a button-nosed, bright-eyed scene stealer who developed a following on the British vaudeville circuit with her comic impressions of Greta Garbo and Maurice Chevalier before drawing Warner's interest in 1935. At the time, Warner Bros
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Pencil This In - Chicagoist
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Before Greta Garbo achieved legendary status as a recluse, she was one of the greats of the silent screen. Tonight's closing film of the Silent Film Society of Chicago's "Silent Summer" film series showcases the starpower Garbo possessed with a
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The Mysterious Lady - Chicago Reader (blog)
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A young army officer in Vienna (Conrad Nagel) buys a ticket to the symphony and finds himself sharing a balcony box with the most beautiful woman who ever lived (that would be Greta Garbo). She isn't what she seems, though, and the hero is pulled into
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Medium Talks Books, Spirits At Queen Mary - Gazette Newspapers
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Kingston, a psychic and medium who said he has been hired by celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, John Wayne, US Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nancy Reagan, Princess Diana and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor,
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Shelter Animal of the Week: See Beautiful Kittens Greta and Garbo - Patch.com
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Save-a-Pet Animal Rescue Greta and Garbo are two female kittens at Save-a-Pet Animal Rescue in Port Jefferson Station who are just as beautiful as their namesake, Swedish actress Greta Garbo. These kitties are black and white domestic longhairs that
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Sam Smyth: Gay will need an army of Colettes if he throws his hat in the ring - Irish Independent
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But he wasn't doing a Greta Garbo "I want to be alone" star routine -- he is a very practical man and didn't want to be recognised. His walk from Sandymount Green in Dublin to his home nearby would probably have been interrupted at least a dozen times
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Best Bets - Montreal Gazette
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Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Greta Garbo. Three icons from the golden age of cinema are celebrated over the next two weeks at Cinéma du Parc, 3575 Park Ave. Wednesday's screenings include Garbo's Ninotchka (6: 30 pm) and Crawford's Possessed (8: 30
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The only T-shirt an Apple fanboy should be seen in - CNET
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It is garb meeting Greta Garbo. If you don't rush to Cupertino within the next week specifically to buy one of these precious items, how can you possibly call yourself a fanboy? And don't even think of naming your first born "Steve
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Best bets - Montreal Gazette
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(Jordan Zivitz) Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Greta Garbo. Three icons from the golden age of cinema are celebrated over the next two weeks at Cinéma du Parc, 3575 Park Ave. Tuesday's screenings include Crawford's Possessed (6: 30 pm) and Garbo's
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Queen Christina: That Hypersexual Film From The 30s - FemPop
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Queen Christina of Sweden, like Greta Garbo, was a woman who did what she want when she wanted. She didn't care about social contrivances or niceties. If she wanted to wear pants she wore pants. If she wanted to cuddle in bed with
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Breakfast at FIDM - LA Downtown News Online
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Hollywood's greatest stars, from Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth, to a host of modern actresses, have transcended cinematic stardom to become fashion trendsetters. Just consider any awards show: The first thing red-carpet interviewers ask
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'Syliva' Star Tanna Frederick And Dog Garbo - LA Canyon News
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Yes, the dog was named in honor of former film icon Greta Garbo, who was best known for having that exquisite face in the 1920s and '30s movies, which was thanks to Jewish immigrant Max Factor who began his career as the personal makeup artist to the
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TNR Film Classic: Greta Garbo (1932) - The Plank on TNR.com (blog)
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Since Miss Greta Garbo came to America some years ago, her fame has grown and grown. In her last picture, a Hollywood and rather nursery version of Pirandello's “As You Desire Me,” she has come to the end of her contract and to her highest success;
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 84
    Garbo is the subject of several documentaries, including four made in the United States between 1990 and 2005:
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    The April 1990 Washington Post obituary said that "at the peak of her popularity she was a virtual cult figure".
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    Greta Garbo died on 15 April 1990, aged 84, in the hospital, as a result of pneumonia and renal failure.
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    A photograph appeared in the media in early 1990, showing Koger assisting Garbo, who was walking with a cane, into the hospital.
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 78
    Garbo was successfully treated for breast cancer in 1984.
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  • 1975
    Age 69
    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.
  • 1971
    Age 65
    In 1971, Garbo vacationed with her close friend Baroness Cécile de Rothschild at her summer home in Southern France.
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  • 1969
    Age 63
    Italian motion picture director Luchino Visconti allegedly attempted to bring Garbo back to the screen in 1969 with a small part, Maria Sophia, Queen of Naples, in his adaptation of Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1964
    Age 58
    Schlee would split his time between the two, becoming Garbo's close companion and advisor until his death in 1964.
  • 1963
    Age 57
    On 13 November 1963, Garbo was a dinner guest at the White House.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 45
    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.
  • 1949
    Age 43
    In 1949, she was offered the role of fictional silent film star Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.
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    She made several screen tests, learned the script, and arrived in Rome in the summer of 1949 to shoot the picture.
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  • 1948
    Age 42
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1945
    Age 39
    Salka Viertel, Garbo's close friend and collaborator, said in 1945 "Greta is impatient to work.
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  • 1942
    Age 36
    She signed a one-picture deal in 1942 to make The Girl from Leningrad but the project quickly dissolved.
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  • 1941
    Age 35
    In his diary, Erich Maria Remarque discusses a liaison with Garbo in 1941 and in his memoir, Cecil Beaton described an affair with her in 1947 and 1948.
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  • 1939
    Age 33
    Ninotchka premiered in October 1939, publicized with the catchphrase "Garbo laughs!", commenting on the departure of Garbo's serious and melancholy image as she transferred to comedy.
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  • 1938
    Age 32
    On 3 May 1938, Garbo was among the many stars—including Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Luise Rainer, Katharine Hepburn, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Dolores del Río and others—dubbed to be "Box Office Poison" in an article published by Harry Brandt on behalf of the Independent Theatre Owners of America.
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    Garbo's career soon declined, however, and she was one of the many stars labeled "Box Office Poison" in 1938.
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  • 1937
    Age 31
    It was MGM's biggest and most-publicized movie of 1937, but upon its release, it lost more than $1 million at the box office, becoming one of the studio's biggest failures of the decade.
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  • 1936
    Age 30
    When the film premiered in New York on 12 December 1936, it became an international success, Garbo's first major success in three years.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1933
    Age 27
    Although her domestic popularity was undiminished in the early 1930s, high profits for Garbo's films after Queen Christina in 1933 depended on the foreign market for their success.
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    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.
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  • 1931
    Age 25
    Both films had been MGM's highest-earning films of 1931 and 1932, respectively, and Garbo was dubbed "the greatest money-making machine ever put on screen."
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    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.
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  • 1930
    Age 24
    Although the films did not match Garbo's success with her sound debut, she was ranked as the most-popular female star in the United States in 1930 and 1931.
    After filming ended, Garbo—along with a different director and cast—filmed a German-language version of Anna Christie that was released in December 1930.
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    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.
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  • 1929
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1928
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1927
    Age 21
    Recent biographers and others believe that Garbo was bisexual or lesbian, and that she had intimate relationships with women as well as with men. In 1927 Garbo was introduced to stage and screen actress Lilyan Tashman and they may have had an affair, according to some writers.
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  • 1926
    Age 20
    Reshooting The Temptress was expensive and even though it became one of the top-grossing films of the 1926–27 season, it was the only Garbo film of the period to lose money.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1925
    Age 19
    Both Garbo and Stiller arrived in New York in July 1925 after a ten-day trip on the SS Drottningholm.
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    In 1925, Garbo, then twenty and unable to speak English, was brought over from Sweden at the request of Mayer.
    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.
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  • 1924
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1922
    Age 16
    In 1922, Garbo caught the attention of director Erik Arthur Petschler who gave her a part in his short comedy, Peter the Tramp.
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  • 1920
    Age 14
    Her first commercial premiered on 12 December 1920 and was followed by others the following year.
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    In late 1920, a director of film commercials for the store began casting Garbo in roles advertising women's clothing.
  • 1919
    Age 13
    In the winter of 1919, the Spanish flu spread throughout Stockholm and Garbo's father, to whom she was very close, became ill.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1905
    Born
    Born on September 18, 1905.
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