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Greta Lovisa Gustafsson net worth:
$10 Million

Greta Lovisa Gustafsson information

Greta Lovisa Gustafsson information

Birth date: September 18, 1905
Birth place: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Death date: 1990-04-15
Height:5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Profession:Actress, Soundtrack
Parents:Karl Alfred Gustafsson, Anna Lovisa

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Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson [gre:ta l?vi:sa], was a Swedish/American film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Garbo was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and received an honorary one in 1954 for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances." She also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for both Anna Karenina (1935) and Camille (1936). In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Garbo fifth on their list of greatest female stars of all time, after Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, and Ingrid Bergman.Garbo launched her career with a secondary role in the 1924 Swedish film The Saga of Gosta Berling. Her performance caught the attention of Louis B. Mayer, chief executive of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), who brought her to Hollywood in 1925. She immediately stirred interest with her first silent film, Torrent, released in 1926; a year later, her performance in Flesh and the Devil, her third movie, made her an international star.Garbo's first talking film was Anna Christie (1930). MGM marketers enticed the public with the catch-phrase "Garbo talks!" That same year she starred in Romance. For her performances in these films she received the first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. Academy rules at the time allowed for a performer to receive a single nomination for their work in more than one film. In 1932, her popularity allowed her to dictate the terms of her contract and she became increasingly selective about her roles. Many critics and film historians consider her performance as the doomed courtesan Marguerite Gautier in Camille to be her finest. The role gained her a second Academy Award nomination. After working exclusively in dramatic films, Garbo turned to comedy with Ninotchka (1939), which earned her a third Academy Award nomination, and Two-Faced Woman (1941), her last film.In 1941, she retired at the age of 35 after appearing in twenty-eight films. Although she was offered many opportunities to return to the screen, she declined all of them. Instead, she lived a private life, shunning publicity. Garbo never married, had no children and lived alone as an adult. She was something of an art collector and her art collection was worth millions at the time of her death. Wikipedia

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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Two-Faced Woman 1941 Karin
Ninotchka 1939 Nina Ivanovna Yakushova aka Ninotchka
Conquest 1937 Countess Marie Walewska
Camille 1936 Marguerite Gautier
Anna Karenina 1935 Anna Karenina
The Painted Veil 1934 Katrin
Queen Christina 1933 Christina
As You Desire Me 1932 Zara aka Maria
Grand Hotel 1932/I Grusinskaya - the Dancer
Mata Hari 1931 Mata Hari
Susan Lenox 1931 Susan Lenox
Inspiration 1931 Yvonne Valbret
Anna Christie 1930/II Anna
Romance 1930 Rita Cavallini
Anna Christie 1930/I Anna
The Kiss 1929 Irene
The Single Standard 1929 Arden Stuart
Wild Orchids 1929 Lillie Sterling
A Woman of Affairs 1928 Diana
The Mysterious Lady 1928 Tania Fedorova
The Divine Woman 1928 Marianne
Love 1927 Anna Karenina
Flesh and the Devil 1926 Felicitas
The Temptress 1926 Elena
Torrent 1926 Leonora
The Joyless Street 1925 Greta Rumfort
The Saga of Gösta Berling 1924 Elizabeth Dohna
Kärlekens ögon 1923 Extra
Luffar-Petter 1922 Greta (as Greta Gustafsson)
Konsum Stockholm Promo 1921 Short
En lyckoriddare 1921 Maid
How Not to Dress 1920 Short Elder sister

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary performer: "Chica Choca" 1941 - uncredited
Two-Faced Woman 1941 performer: "Chica-Choca" - uncredited
As You Desire Me 1932 performer: "Tu Ne Sauras Jamais" - uncredited
Grand Hotel 1932/I performer: "Jeg Elsker Dig Ich Liebe Dich" 1864 - uncredited
Romance 1930 performer: "Annie Laurie" 1834-5, "Liebestraum No. 3 A Dream of Love" 1850 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Absolutely Do Not Die! 2014 Short special thanks
1 a Minute 2010 Documentary in memory of: Battled Breast Cancer
S1m0ne 2002 Simone wishes to thank the following for their contribution to the making of Simone
Anita no perd el tren 2001 grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adam & Yves 1974 Herself (uncredited)
Grosse Fische, kleine Fische 1973 TV Movie documentary Herself
A Man's Man 1929 Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself
The Divine Garbo 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Cinema Paradiso 1988 Grusinskaya - the Dancer (uncredited)
Stiller, Garbo & Jag 1988 Documentary
Talking Pictures 1988 TV Series documentary Various Characters
Greta Garbo: The Temptress and the Clown 1986 TV Movie documentary Herself
Garbo Talks 1984 Herself (uncredited)
Annie 1982 Marguerite Gautier (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actress - 'Ninotchka' (uncredited)
Sixty Years of Seduction 1981 TV Movie documentary
Hollywood 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary Actress 'Love' / Actress 'Mysterios Lady' / Actress 'Woman of Affairs'
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clips from 'Two-Faced Woman', 'Grand Hotel' & 'Ninotchka' etc.
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary Herself
Hollywood: The Dream Factory 1972 TV Movie documentary Herself - film clips
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Herself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1969 TV Movie documentary Actress 'Anna Karenina' (uncredited)
Marlowe 1969 Herself - in scene from 'Grand Hotel' (uncredited)
The Picture Theatre 1967 TV Movie
The Love Goddesses 1965 Documentary Herself
The Big Parade of Comedy 1964 Documentary Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka'
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
30 Years of Fun 1963
Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 Documentary Herself (clip from "The Kiss")
Hollywood: The Golden Years 1961 TV Movie documentary Actress 'Flesh and the Devil' (uncredited)
MGM Parade 1955-1956 TV Series Anna Karenina Marguerite Gautier Countess Marie Walewska ...
Screen Snapshots: Ramblin' Round Hollywood 1955 Documentary short Herself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Herself - Clip from 'Camille'
The Ford 50th Anniversary Show 1953 TV Movie
Strictly Dishonorable 1951 Herself / Actress in Silent Movie 'A Woman of Affairs' (uncredited)
Wonderful Times 1950 Documentary Herself
Garabatos Greta Garbo 1944 Short Herself
Some of the Best 1943 Documentary Felicitas in Flesh and the Devil / Grusinskaya - The Dancer in Grand Hotel (uncredited)
Vi mötte stormen 1943 Herself (uncredited)
The Miracle of Sound 1940 Documentary short Herself (uncredited)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World 1940 Documentary short Herself
The Movies March On 1939 Short documentary Herself
From the Ends of the Earth 1939 Documentary short Herself
The Romance of Celluloid 1937 Short Countess Marie Walewska
Hollywood Party 1934 Queen Christina (clip from 'Queen Christina') (uncredited)
Von Caligari zu Hitler: Das deutsche Kino im Zeitalter der Massen 2014 Documentary Herself
#Yaprava 2014 TV Series Herself
Anna Karenina 2012/II Short Anna Karenina
Arena 2012 TV Series documentary
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen 2012
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War 2011 TV Series documentary Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka'
Vito 2011 Documentary Christina
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Felicitas von Rhaden
Hollywood sul Tevere 2009 Documentary Herself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009 TV Movie documentary
Spisok korabley 2008 Documentary
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Queen Christina
Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass 2008 Short
Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk 2007 Video documentary Herself / Anna Christie / Christina
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema 2007 Documentary Herself
Luchino Visconti, le chemin de la recherche 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Billy Wilder Speaks 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The World's Most Photographed 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Garbo 2005 Documentary Herself
Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood 2005 TV Movie documentary
Checking Out: Grand Hotel 2004 Video documentary short Herself / Various roles
Complicated Women 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Satin and Silk 2003 Video short Herself
Greta Garbo: A Lone Star 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
72nd Annual Academy Awards Pre-Show 2000 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
Gossip 2000/II Herself
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful 1996 TV Special documentary Herself
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Greta Rumfort / Various roles
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Anna Christie, 'Anna Christie' (uncredited)
The Casting Couch 1995 Video documentary
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Herself
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clips from 'Camille / 'Two-Faced Woman' (uncredited)
Dos reinas 1993 Documentary short Herself
O Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu 1991 Short

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Acting
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1955 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA

For her unforgettable screen performances. Greta Garbo was not present at the ceremony. Nancy Kelly... More

1937 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Camille (1936)
1936 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Anna Karenina (1935)
1934 Gold Medal Picturegoer Awards Best Actress Queen Christina (1933)
1932 Gold Medal Picturegoer Awards Best Actress Anna Christie (1930)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1940 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Ninotchka (1939)
1938 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Camille (1936)
1930 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Anna Christie (1930)
1930 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Romance (1930)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1939 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Ninotchka (1939)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1941 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Two-Faced Woman (1941)

TitleSalary
Two-Faced Woman (1941) $150,000
Ninotchka (1939) $125,000
Conquest (1937) $500,000
Camille (1936) $500,000
Anna Karenina (1935) $275,000
The Painted Veil (1934) $250,000
Queen Christina (1933) $250,000
Grand Hotel (1932) $7,000 per week
Mata Hari (1931) $7,000 per week
Susan Lenox (1931) $250,000
Inspiration (1931) $250,000
Anna Christie (1930) $250,000
Love (1927) $2,000 per week
Love (1927) $5,000 /week
Flesh and the Devil (1926) $600 /week
Torrent (1926) $400 /week

#Fact
1 According to director Albert Lewin "[on casting the leading role in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)]: One day, I received a message from Cedric Gibbons, who wanted to see me on a matter of urgency and secrecy. Gibby was the only close friend of Greta Garbo around the studio, and he had been deputed to tell me that Garbo wanted to play Dorian. Indeed, it was the only role she would come back to the screen for. Of course, I moved heaven and earth to set it up. But everyone had a fit: the censorship problem, formidable anyway, would have become insurmountable with a woman.
2 Norwegian Air Shuttle has a portrait of Greta Garbo on the tail of one of their Boeing 737's. It is one of their many "Tail Fin Heroes".
3 Mentioned in the song "She Keeps On Coming" by The Bee Gees.
4 Mentioned in the song "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes.
5 First Swedish actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others are Ingrid Bergman, Lena Olin, Ann-Margret, and Alicia Vikander who won the Oscar. The only Swedish actor to be nominated is Max von Sydow.
6 She was the last surviving person mentioned in the song "You're the Top" featured in the 1934 Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes".
7 At the Swedish School of Drama, where she studied from 1921-24, she made a close friend with Vera Schmiterlöw, which grew into a lifelong friendship. The intimate correspondence between the two are saved in the National Archives of Sweden. In 2005 three of these numerous letters were stolen from the archives and have not yet been found.
8 According to a 1974 Michael Parkinson interview with Orson Welles, Garbo did two bread commercials for theater use before she changed her name. The films existed at a Stockholm archive at that time.
9 Director Clarence Brown said of her, "Working [with her] was easy because she trusted me. I never directed her in anything above a whisper. She was very shy, so we'd go through the changes I wanted in a little quiet whisper off in the corner, without letting others know what I was telling her. I learned through experience that Garbo had something behind the eyes that told the whole story that I couldn't see from my distance. Sometimes I would be dissatisfied with a take, but would go ahead and print it anyway. On the screen Garbo multiplied the effect of the scene I had taken. It was something that no one else ever had.
10 In 1924 Mauritz Stiller planned to shoot a film in Turkey titled "The Odalisque from Smyrna" and had hired Conrad Veidt and Einar Hansen as stars. Stiller, along with Hansen and protégé Garbo, left for Istanbul but the promised financing vanished. Stiller reportedly returned to Berlin to raise backing, but failed. Garbo remained in Turkey sulking, not even communicating with fellow Swede Hansen. Eventually she returned to Berlin.
11 For her last acting role of Siobhan O'Dea on Murder, She Wrote: Wearing of the Green (1988), Jean Peters modeled her character after Garbo, as she was portraying a reclusive foreign actress who goes into seclusion following the demise of her lover at the height of her career.
12 Mentioned in the song "Perfect Skin" by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions.
13 Is going to be on the 50 Kronors banknote in 2015.
14 Was offered the role of Mama Hanson in I Remember Mama (1948), but she turned it down. Irene Dunne was cast instead and went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.
15 A photograph of Garbo, probably cut from a movie magazine, was one of several images of movie stars, royalty, pieces of art, and family members used as decoration by Anne Frank on the wall of her room in the "Secret Annex" in Amsterdam where she and her family hid from July 1942 until their capture by the Nazis in August 1944.
16 Was offered the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd. (1950), but she turned it down. Gloria Swanson was cast instead and she went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.
17 Mentioned in the song "Celluloid Heroes" by The Kinks.
18 Mentioned in The Killers' "The Ballad of Michael Valentine".
19 When she heard that David O. Selznick, who had produced her hit Anna Karenina (1935), was leaving MGM in 1935 to start his own studio, she begged him to stay, promising that she would let him personally supervise all of her pictures exclusively. He said that it would be a great honor, but he had other plans. Ironically, the usually very finicky Irving Thalberg, Garbo's other favorite producer, was the first person to give Selznick money to start his company ($200,000).
20 In late 1934, after Queen Christina (1933) and The Painted Veil (1934), which were both huge hits in Europe (making twice their budget in the UK alone) but underwhelming US successes, Garbo signed a contract with MGM saying that she would only make films under David O. Selznick and Irving Thalberg. Her next two films, Anna Karenina (1935) and Camille (1936), were notable hits at the US box office, and produced by Selznick and Thalberg respectively. In 1937 her contract had to be revised, as Selznick left the studio in 1935 and Thalberg had died. She made only three films after "Camille".
21 She was Adolf Hitler's favorite actress.
22 Throughout her MGM career she insisted that William H. Daniels be cinematographer on her pictures. This may not have been purely superstition, as the two notable films she made without him--Conquest (1937) and Two-Faced Woman (1941)--were her only notable flops.
23 Gary Cooper was reportedly one of her favorite actors. She requested him for several of her films, but nothing ever materialized.
24 In Italy, her first films (like Mata Hari (1931) and Grand Hotel (1932)) were dubbed by Francesca Braggiotti. Because Braggiotti had been living in the United States for many years and had a slight American accent, the Italian public didn't really accept her voice so the very Italian Tina Lattanzi was chosen as Garbo's official Italian voice instead (she even re-dubbed Mata Hari (1931)). For her last two films Ninotchka (1939) and Two-Faced Woman (1941), she was dubbed by Andreina Pagnani. When some of Garbo films were re-released in Italy in the 1960's, they were re-dubbed once more. This is how stage actress Anna Proclemer lent her voice to the divine Garbo.
25 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 316-319. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
26 Is portrayed by Kristina Wayborn in The Silent Lovers (1980)
27 Her greatest confidante was Salka Viertel, a German friend who had known her back in Sweden. Viertel proved to be very manipulative of her, including relationships (particularly with Mercedes de Acosta), film choices and general living. It was Viertel, in fact, who persuaded her not to return to films. Ironically, Viertel was friendly with Marlene Dietrich, Garbo's enemy, whom Salka had known back in the period of Germany's Weimar Republic, and she had a lot of dirt on Dietrich's deepest secrets and past. Garbo's film choices were largely determined by Salka's persuasion; they co-starred in the German version of Anna Christie (1930), and shortly after that Garbo insisted that Salka be placed on the MGM payroll as a writer for her films.
28 Her performance as Ninotchka in Ninotchka (1939) is ranked #25 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
29 Her first film appearance ever was in a short advertising film that ran in local theaters in Stockholm.
30 Grandaunt of Derek Reisfield and Scott Reisfield, children of Gray Reisfield and Donald Reisfield.
31 Aunt of Gray Reisfield (daughter of Sven Gustafson).
32 Once lived in the famed Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles (8221 Sunset Boulevard).
33 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).
34 Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
35 Spanish sculptor Pablo Gargallo created three pieces based on Garbo: "Masque de Greta Garbo
36 Was named #5 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends
37 She was voted the 8th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
38 Her first "talkie" film was Anna Christie (1930).
39 Her favorite American director was Ernst Lubitsch, although Clarence Brown, directed her in six films, including the classics Flesh and the Devil (1926), A Woman of Affairs (1928), Anna Christie (1930) and Anna Karenina (1935).
40 Sister of Sven and Alva.
41 She was voted the 25th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
42 According to her friend, producer William Frye, he offered Garbo $1 million 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.
43 Popularized trench coats and berets in the 1930s.
44 She was originally chosen for the lead roles in The Paradine Case (1947), My Cousin Rachel (1952) and "The Wicked Dutchess". She turned down these roles, with the exception of "The Wicked Dutchess", which was never shot due to financial problems.
45 Although it was believed that Garbo lived as an invalid in her post-Hollywood career, this is incorrect. She was a real jet setter, traveling with international tycoons and socialites. In the 1970s 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 1980s, 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.
46 Related to Anna Sundstrand of the Swedish pop group Play.
47 Never married, she invested wisely and was known for her extreme frugality.
48 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.
49 Garbo actually hoped to return to films after the war but, for whatever reason, no projects ever materialized.
50 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. Unable to hold a job in Hollywood, he returned to Sweden in 1928 and died shortly after at age 45. Garbo was devastated.
51 Except at the very beginning of her career, she granted no interviews, signed no autographs, attended no premieres and answered no fan mail.
52 Garbo was prone to chronic depression and spent many years attacking it through Eastern philosophy and a solid health food regimen. However, she never gave up smoking and cocktails.
53 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.
54 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."
55 1951: Became a US citizen.
56 In the mid-'50s she bought a seven-room apartment in New York City (450 East 52nd St.) and lived there until she died.
57 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.
58 Before making it big, she worked as a soap-latherer in a barber's shop back in Sweden.
59 Left John Gilbert standing at the altar in 1927 when she got cold feet about marrying him.
60 She disliked Clark Gable, a feeling that was mutual. She thought his acting was wooden while he considered her a snob.
61 Her personal favorite of all her movies was Camille (1936).
62 Her parents were Karl and Anna Gustafson, and she also had an older sister and brother, Alva Garbo and Sven Garbo. 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.
63 Once voted by The Guinness Book of World Records as the most beautiful woman who ever lived.
64 Garbo, according to 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 at rushes nor goes to the premieres 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.
65 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 rumored.
66 October 1997: Ranked #38 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
67 Lived the last few years of her life in absolute seclusion.
68 Interred at Skogskyrkogården Cemetery, Stockholm, Sweden.

#Quote
1 [in 1932, on director Mauritz Stiller, the nature of her relationship with him and the part it played in cultivating her well-publicized preference for privacy over publicity] Stiller's death was a great blow to me. For so long I had been his satellite. All Europe at that time regarded Stiller as the most significant figure in the film world. Directors hurried to the projecting rooms where his prints were shown. They took with them their secretaries and, in the dim silence, they dictated breathless comments on the wide sweep of his magnificent technique. Stiller had found me, an obscure artist in Sweden, and brought me to America. I worshiped him. There are some, of course, who say it was a love story. It was more. It was utter devotion which only the very young can know--the adoration of a student for her teacher, of a timid girl for a mastermind. In his studio, Stiller taught me how to do everything: how to eat; how to turn my head; how to express love--and hate. Off the screen I studied his every whim, wish and demand. I lived my life according to the plans he laid down. He told what to say and what to do. When Stiller died I found myself like a ship without a rudder. I was bewildered--lost--and very lonely. I resolutely refused to talk to reporters because I didn't know what to say. By degrees I dropped out of the social whirl of Hollywood. I retired into my shell. I built a wall of repression around my real self, and I lived--and still live--behind it.
2 [on another factor contributing to her decision to shun publicity (1932)] I am still a little nervous, a little self-conscious about my English. I cannot express myself well at parties. I speak haltingly. I feel awkward, shy, afraid. In Hollywood, where every teat table bristles with gossip-writers, what I say might be misunderstood. So I am silent as the grave about my private affairs. Rumors fly about. I am mum. My private affairs are strictly private.
3 [in 1932, about her recreational preferences] If I needed recreation, I liked to be out of doors: to trudge about in a boy's coat and boy's shoes; to ride horseback, or shoot craps with the stable boys, or watch the sun set in a blaze of glory over the Pacific Ocean. You see, I am still a bit of a tomboy. Most hostesses disapprove of this trousered attitude to life, so I do not inflict upon them.
4 [on Hollywood in 1926] Here, it is boring, incredibly boring, so boring I can't believe it's true.
5 [on secrets] Every one of us lives his life just once; if we are honest, to live once is enough.
6 I live like a monk: with one toothbrush, one cake of soap, and a pot of cream.
7 There are many things in your heart you can never tell another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.
8 If you're going to die on screen, you've got to be strong and in good health.
9 [asked in her later years by a fan if she is Greta Garbo] I WAS Greta Garbo.
10 Your joys and sorrows. You can never tell them. You cheapen the inside of yourself if you do. There are some who want to get married and others who don't. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead.
11 If only those who dream about Hollywood knew how difficult it all is.
12 The story of my life is about back entrances, side doors, secrets elevators and other ways of getting in and out of places so that people won't bother me.
13 I don't want to be a silly temptress. I cannot see any sense in getting dressed up and doing nothing but tempting men in pictures.
14 I never said, "I want to be alone".I only said, "I want to be left alone". There is a whole world of difference.
15 Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.
16 Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it.
17 I wish I were supernaturally strong so I could put right everything that is wrong.
18 You don't have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life.
19 Being a movie star, and this applies to all of them, means being looked at from every possible direction. You are never left at peace, you're just fair game.
20 There is no one who would have me . . . I can't cook.


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