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Greta Garbo * Mini Biography

Greta GarboGreta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) was a Swedish actress during Hollywood's silent film period and part of its Golden Age.

Regarded as one of the greatest and most inscrutable movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studio system, Garbo received a 1954 Honorary Academy Award "for her unforgettable screen performances" and in 1999 was ranked as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

Soon after her career took off, Garbo became known as a recluse; throughout her lifetime she conducted no interviews, signed no autographs, attended no social functions and answered no fan mail. Today she is often associated with her famous line from Grand Hotel: "I want to be alone", spoken in a heavy accent which substituted the w with a v sound. However, Garbo later commented, "I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be let alone.' There is all the difference." Garbo neither married nor had children; she lived alone.

Garbo suffered from periods of severe depression, and has been described in various private letters as being narcissistic, possessive and supposedly ashamed of her father, a latrine cleaner.

There was some speculation, that Garbo was bisexual, that she had intimate relationships with women as well as men, such as the actor John Gilbert. They starred together for the first time in the classic Flesh and the Devil in 1926. Their on-screen "erotic intensity" soon translated into an off-camera romance, and by the end of production Garbo had moved in with Gilbert. Gilbert allegedly proposed to her three times before she finally accepted. When a marriage was finally arranged in 1926, she failed to show up at the ceremony. After the affair ended, and Gilbert's career collapsed with sound films, Garbo showed great loyalty to him and insisted that he appear with her in 1933's Queen Christina, despite the objection of MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer.

In 1931, Garbo befriended the writer and socialite Mercedes de Acosta, introduced to her by the author Salka Viertel. According to de Acosta, the pair ultimately began a sporadic and volatile romance, punctuated by long periods of Garbo ignoring her and disregarding her many love letters. After about a year, the relationship ended, but they maintained contact. Following de Acosta's claims about her many trysts with Garbo, in her controversial autobiography Here Lies the Heart in 1960, the pair were permanently estranged.

According to the memoir written by dancer, model and silent film actress Louise Brooks, she and Garbo had a brief liaison. Brooks described Garbo as masculine but a "charming and tender lover".

The 1995 biography Garbo relates Garbo's relationships—which were often just close friendships—with actor George Brent, conductor Leopold Stokowski, nutritionist Gayelord Hauser, and her manager George Schlee, husband of designer Valentina.

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Quotes from Greta Garbo

Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.

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.

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.

I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be left alone.' There is all the difference.

I smoke all the time, one after the other.

I wish I were supernaturally strong so I could put right everything that is wrong.

I'm tired and nervous and I'm in America. Here you don't know that you live.

If only those who dream about Hollywood knew how difficult it all is.

If you are blessed, you are blessed, whether you are married or single.

Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?

It is bitter to think of one's best years disappearing in this unpolished country.

Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it.

My talents fall within definite limitations. I am not as versatile an actress as some think.

The story of my life is about back entrances, side doors, secret elevators and other ways of getting in and out of places so that people won't bother me.

There are many things in your heart you can never tell to 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.

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.

There is no one who would have me - I can't cook.

There seems to be a law that governs all our actions so I never make plans.

This is where I have wasted the best years of my life.

You don't have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life.

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