Greta Garbo
Birth Place: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Birthday:September 18, 1905
5' 7"
  • Interred at Skogskyrkogården Cemetery, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Lived the last few year of her life in absolute seclusion.
  • Ranked #38 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  • Letters and correspondence between Garbo and poet, socialite and notorious lesbian 'Mercedes De Acosta' were unsealed on April 15, 2000, exactly 10 years after Garbo's death (per De Acosta's instructions). The letters revealed no love affair between the two, as had been fervently rumored.
  • Garbo, according to movie director Jacques Feyder: "At 9 o'clock a.m. the work may begin. "Tell Mrs. Garbo we're ready" says the director. "I'm here" a low voice answers, and she appears, perfectly dressed and combed as the scene needs. Nobody could say by what door she came but she's there. And at 6 o'clock PM, even if the shot could be finished in five minutes, she points at the watch and goes away giving you a sorry smile. She's very strict with herself and hardly pleased with her work. She never looks rushes nor goes to the premières but some days later, early in the afternoon, enters all alone an outskirts movie house, takes place in a cheap seat and gets out only when the projection finishes, masked with her sunglasses".
  • Once voted by The Guinness Book of World Records as the most beautiful woman who ever lived.
  • Her parents were Karl and Anna Gustafson, and she also had an older sister and brother, Alva and Sven. Her father died when she was 14 of nephritis, and her sister was also dead of lymphatic cancer by the time Greta was 21 years old.
  • Her personal favourite movie of her own was _Camille (1937)_
  • She disliked Clark Gable, a feeling that was mutual. She thought his acting was wooden while he considered her a snob.
  • Left John Gilbert standing at the altar in 1927 when she got cold feet about marrying him.
  • Before making it big, she worked as a soap-latherer in a barber's shop back in Sweden.
  • During filming, whenever there was something going on that wasn't to her liking she would simply say "I think I'll go back to Sweden!" which frightened the studio heads so much that they gave in to her every whim.
  • In the mid-1950s she bought a seven-room-apartment in New York City (450 East 52nd Street) and lived there until she died.
  • Became a US citizen. [1951]
  • Garbo's sets were closed to all visitors and sometimes even the director! When asked why, she said: "During these scenes I allow only the cameraman and lighting man on the set. The director goes out for a coffee or a milkshake. When people are watching, I'm just a woman making faces for the camera. It destroys the illusion. If I am by myself, my face will do things I cannot do with it otherwise."
  • Garbo was criticized for not aiding the Allies during WWII, but it was later disclosed that she had helped Britain by identifying influential Nazi sympathizers in Stockholm and by providing introductions and carrying messsages for British agents.
  • Garbo was prone to chronic depression and spent many years attacking it through Eastern philosophy and a solid health food regiment. However, she never gave up smoking and cocktails.
  • Except at the very beginning of her career, she granted no interviews, signed no autographs, attended no premieres, and answered no fan mail.
  • Her volatile mentor/director Mauritz Stiller, who brought her to Hollywood, was abruptly fired from directing her second MGM Hollywood film, The Temptress (1926), after repeated arguments with MGM execs and was soon let go. Unable to hold a job in Hollywood, he returned to Sweden in 1928 and died shortly after at the age of 45. Garbo was devastated.
  • Garbo actually hoped to return to films after the war but, for whatever reason, no projects ever materialized.
  • She was as secretive about her relatives as she was about herself, and, upon her death, the names of her survivors could not immediately be determined.
  • Never married, she invested wisely and was known for her extreme frugality.
  • Related to Anna Sundstrand of the Swedish pop group Play.
  • Although it was believed that Garbo lived as an invalid in her post- Hollywood career, this is incorrect. Garbo was a real jet setter, traveling with international tycoons and socialites. In the seventies, she traveled less, and grew more and more eccentric, although she still took daily walks through Central Park with close friends and walkers. Due to failing health in the late eighties, her mobility was challenged. In her final year, it was her family that cared for her, including taking her to dialysis treatments. She died with them by her side.
  • She was originally chosen for the lead roles in The Paradine Case (1947), My Cousin Rachel (1952), and The Wicked Dutchess. Garbo turned down these roles, with the exception of The Wicked Dutchess, which was never shot due to financial problems.
  • Measurements: 35 1/2-26-38 (in July 1930), 35 1/2-28-33 1/2 (according to MGM designer Adrian), 35B-27-38 (noted in "Thomse Glamorous Years" book), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Popularized trenchcoats & berets in the 1930s.
  • According to her friend, producer William Frye, he offered Garbo one million dollars to star as the Mother Superior in his film The Trouble with Angels (1966). When she declined, he cast Rosalind Russell in the part - at a much lower salary.
  • She was voted the 25th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Sister of Sven Garbo and Alva Garbo.
  • Her favorite American director was Clarence Brown, who directed her in six films, including the classics Flesh and the Devil (1926), A Woman of Affairs (1928), _Anna Christie_ , and Anna Karenina (1935).
  • Her first "talkie" film was Anna Christie (1930).
  • She was voted the 8th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
  • Was named #5 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends
  • Spanish sculptor Pablo Gargallo created three pieces based on Garbo: "Masque de Greta Garbo à la mèche," "Tête de Greta Garbo avec chapeau," and "Masque de Greta Garbo aux cils."
  • Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
  • Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative postage stamp issued 23 September 2005, five days after her 100th birthday. On the same day, Sweden issued a 10kr stamp with the same design. The likeness on the stamps was based on a photograph taken during the filming of As You Desire Me (1932).
  • Once lived in the famed Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles (8221 Sunset Boulevard).
  • Aunt of Gray Reisfield (daughter of Sven Garbo) and aunt-in-law of Gray's husband, Dr. Donald Reisfield.
  • Grandaunt of Derek Reisfield and Scott Reisfield, children of Gray and Donald Reisfield.
  • Her first film appearance ever was in a short advertising film that ran in local theaters in Stockholm.
  • Her performance as Ninotchka in "Ninotchka" (1939) is ranked #25 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • Her performance as Ninotchka in "Ninotchka (1939) is ranked #53 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • Garbo's greatest confidant was Salka Viertel, a German friend who had known Garbo back in Sweden. Viertel proved to be very manipulative of Garbo, including relationships (particularly with that of Mercedes de Acosta), film choices, and general living. It was in fact Salka that kept Garbo from returning to films due to her persuasive workings. Salka was ironically friendly with Marlen Dietrich, Garbo's enemy, whom Salka had known back in Germany's Weimer Republic and whom had much dirt on Dietrich's deepest secrets and past. Garbo's film choices are largely based on Salka's persuasion; they co-starred in the German version of "Anna Christie" (1931), soon after Garbo insisting that Salka be placed on the MGM payroll as a writer for her films.
  • Is portrayed by Kristina Wayborn in The Silent Lovers (1980) (TV)
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