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Greta Garbo

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Greta Lovisa Gustafsson (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), better known as Greta Garbo, was a noted Swedish actress and recluse. She was a major star in the United States during the silent film era and the Golden Age of Hollywood. 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 major role in the Swedish film The Saga of Gosta Berling. Her performance caught the attention of Louis B. Mayer, who brought her to Hollywood in 1925 to work at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). She became a star of silent films. Garbo was one of the few actresses to negotiate the transition to sound. Her first talking film was Anna Christie (1930), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. MGM marketers enticed the public with the catchphrase "Garbo talks!" In 1932, her popularity allowed her to dictate the terms of her contract, and she became increasingly choosy about her roles. She received the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for Anna Karenina (1935), but she considered her performance as the courtesan Marguerite Gautier in Camille (1936) her best performance; the role gained her a second Academy Award nomination. After working exclusively in dramatic films, Garbo turned to comedy with Ninotchka (1939) and Two-Faced Woman (1941). For Ninotchka, Garbo was again nominated for an Academy Award; Two-Faced Woman did well at the box office, but was a critical failure. After 1941, she retired after appearing in 27 films, and became increasingly reclusive. She has been indelibly linked to one of her lines from the film Grand Hotel: "I want to be alone". She later remarked, "I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be let alone.' There is all the difference."[1][2] To the end of her life, Garbo-watching became a sport among the paparazzi and the media, but she remained elusive up until her death in 1990 at the age of 84. Description above from the Wikipedia article Greta Garbo, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia


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Born:
Sep 18, 1905 In Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Movie/TV Credits:
42
First Appeared:
In the movie Mr. and Mrs. Stockholm 1920-03-08
Latest Project:
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood 2008-03-03
Known For
Poster of Garbo
Poster of Wild Orchids
Poster of Luffar-Petter
Poster of Mr. and Mrs. Stockholm
Filmography
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (archive footage) 2008-03-03
Movie Why Be Good: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema 2007-05-23
Movie Garbo Self 2005-07-04
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie The Divine Garbo (archive footage) 1990-06-01
Movie Cinema Paradiso Grusinskaya - the Dancer (archive footage) (uncredited) 1988-11-17
Movie Greta Garbo: The Temptress and the Clown (archive footage) 1986-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II 1976-05-17
Movie The Love Goddesses Herself (archive footage) 1965-03-03
Movie The Big Parade of Comedy (archive footage) 1964-09-02
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Two-Faced Woman Karin Borg Blake 1941-11-30
Movie Ninotchka Nina Ivanovna Yakushova, a.k.a. Ninotchka 1939-10-06
Movie The Romance of Celluloid (archive footage) 1937-08-26
Movie Conquest Countess Marie Walewska 1937-10-22
Movie Camille Marguerite Gautier 1936-12-12
Movie Anna Karenina Anna Karenina 1935-08-30
Movie The Painted Veil Katrin Koerber Fane 1934-11-23
Movie Queen Christina Christina 1933-12-26
Movie As You Desire Me Zara, a.k.a. Maria 1932-05-28
Movie Grand Hotel Grusinskaya 1932-09-11
Movie Inspiration Yvonne Valbret 1931-01-01
Movie Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) Helga, a.k.a. Susan Lenox 1931-10-10
Movie Mata Hari Mata Hari 1931-12-26
Movie Anna Christie Anna Christie 1930-02-21
Movie Romance Rita Cavallini 1930-08-26
Movie Anna Christie Anna Christie 1930-12-22
Movie The Kiss Irene 1929-01-01
Movie Wild Orchids Lillie Sterling 1929-02-23
Movie The Single Standard Arden Stuart 1929-07-27
Movie The Divine Woman Marianne 1928-01-13
Movie A Woman of Affairs Diana Merrick 1928-12-15
Movie The Mysterious Lady Tania Fedorova 1928-08-04
Movie Love Anna Karenina 1927-11-28
Movie The Temptress Elena 1926-10-03
Movie Torrent Leonora Moreno 1926-02-08
Movie Flesh and the Devil Felicitas 1926-12-25
Movie The Joyless Street Greta Rumfort 1925-03-01
Movie The Saga of Gosta Berling Elizabeth Dohna 1924-03-09
Movie Luffar-Petter Greta (as Greta Gustafsson) 1922-12-25
Movie Konsum Stockholm Promo 1921-03-08
Movie Mr. and Mrs. Stockholm Elder Sister 1920-03-08