Greta Garbo

Actor, Model, Salesgirl
Greta Garbo was arguably the quintessential embodiment of Hollywood's Golden Age, a beautiful, glamorous, and above all, mysterious image, carefully cultivated by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the sole studio she would work for ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1905 in Sweden

Filmography

Actor (28)

The Kiss 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two-Faced Woman 1940 (Movie)

Karin Borg Blake (Actor)

Ninotchka 1938 (Movie)

Ninotchka (Actor)

Camille 1936 (Movie)

Marguerite Gautier (Actor)

Conquest 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anna Karenina 1934 (Movie)

Anna Karenina (Actor)

The Painted Veil 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

Grand Hotel 1932 (Movie)

Grusinskaya (Actor)

Queen Christina 1932 (Movie)

Queen Christina (Actor)

As You Desire Me 1931 (Movie)

Zara / Maria (Actor)

Mata Hari 1931 (Movie)

Mata Hari (Actor)

Inspiration 1930 (Movie)

Yvonne (Actor)

Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise 1930 (Movie)

Susan Lenox (Actor)

Anna Christie 1929 (Movie)

Anna Christie (Actor)

Romance 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Single Standard 1928 (Movie)

Arden Stuart (Actor)

Wild Orchids 1928 (Movie)

Lili Sterling (Actor)

A Woman of Affairs 1927 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

The Divine Woman 1927 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mysterious Lady 1927 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flesh and the Devil 1926 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love 1926 (Movie)

Anna Karenina (Actor)

The Temptress 1925 (Movie)

Elena (Actor)

The Torrent 1925 (Movie)

Leonora (Actor)

Die Freudlose gasse 1924 (Movie)

Greta Rumfort (Actor)

The Saga of Gosta Berling 1923 (Movie)

(Actor)

Luffar-Petter 1921 (Movie)

(Actor)

En Lyckoriddare 1920 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Greta Garbo was arguably the quintessential embodiment of Hollywood's Golden Age, a beautiful, glamorous, and above all, mysterious image, carefully cultivated by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the sole studio she would work for during her American film career. Touted as the "Swedish Sphinx" by MGM upon her arrival in Hollywood, Garbo immediately became one of silent film's most popular actresses in such features as "The Torrent" (1926), "Flesh and the Devil" (1927) and "Love" (1927). Paired with the most talented directors and popular leading men, she entranced audiences with her mesmerizing portrayals of "fallen women" and fatalistic lovers. Even the arrival of sound could not diminish her appeal; in fact, Garbo's sultry, accented voice only added to her allure in her first "talkie," "Anna Christie" (1930). Later films - in particular, "Mata Hari" (1931), "Grand Hotel" (1932), "Queen Christina" (1933) and "Camille" (1936) - cemented her megastar status, not only in America, but around the world. Known for her aversion to publicity and demanding nature on the set of her films, she was also an astute business woman, whose bargaining acumen made her one of the highest paid movie stars of the day. Garbo's sudden decision to retire from film in 1941 and her steadfast maintenance of a notoriously reclusive lifestyle until her death in 1990 further enhanced her mystique and immortalized her as one of the silver screen's greatest icons.

Relationships

Anna Lovisa Gustafsson

Mother

Sven Garbo

Brother

Mercedes Acosta

Companion

John Gilbert Actor

Companion
together in late 1920s

Alva Gustaffson

Sister
born 1903, died 1926 appeared in "Tva konungar/Two Kings" (1925)

Karl Gustafsson

Father
died of tuberculosis c. 1918

Gaylord Hauser

Companion
together in 1940s and 50s in a platonic relationship

Gray Reisfeld

Niece
daughter of brother Sven inherited the bulk of Garbo's estate

George Schlee

Companion
together in 1960s

Leopold Stokowski Music Conductor

Companion
together in mid-1930s

Frederick de Cordova Director

Companion

EDUCATION

Royal Dramatic Theater School

received scholarship 1924

Milestones

1991

Garbo's $20 million estate was all left to her niece, Gray Reisfield (Sven Ake Fredriksson, a retired salesman, had unsuccessfully challenged the will claiming that he is the illegitimate son of her late brother, Sven Alfred Gustafson)

1940

Last film, "Two-Faced Woman"; abandoned film career at age 36

1939

First comedy, "Ninotchka"

1930

First sound film, "Anna Christie", filmed in English by Clarence Brown and in German by Jacques Feyder

1929

Last silent film, "The Kiss"

1928

Death of Stiller

1927

Separation from Stiller, who sailed back to Sweden after disagreements with MGM and Paramount

1926

First American film, "The Torrent"

1925

Awarded first Hollywood contract (MGM) thanks to Stiller

1924

Won first real notice for leading role in "The Atonement of Gosta Berling"

1924

Discovered by Swedish director Mauritz Stiller, accompanied him to New York City (date approximate)

1922

First leading role in comedy feature "Luffar Peter" ("Peter the Tramp")

1921

Appeared in short publicity film, "How Not to Dress"

Bonus Trivia

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The screen name, Greta Garbo, was suggested by director Mauritz Stiller.

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Garbo's ashes were finally interred in a Stockholm cemetery on June 16, 1999

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