Fast Facts

  • After her father died when she was 14, she left school to help care for her family.
  • Brought to Hollywood by director Mauritz Stiller.
  • Poster for her first talkie, Anna Christie, read "Garbo Talks!", which became a catchphrase widely associated with her.
  • Retired from acting in 1941 at the age of 36; famously said "I want to be let alone."
  • Lived in the same apartment building with Valentina Schlee, wife of Garbo's long-time lover George Schlee, for more than 30 years; the women never spoke to each other.
  • Inspired the 1984 film Garbo Talks, about a terminally ill woman whose last wish is to meet Greta Garbo.
  • Long rumored to have had an affair with Mercedes de Acosta, letters between the two released after Garbo's death lacked evidence to prove the relationship was anything more than friendly.


  • 1930, Oscar — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1954, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee


  • Leopold Stokowski — Ex-significant Other
  • George Schlee — Ex-significant Other
  • Karl Alfred Gustafsson — Father
  • Anna Lovisa Gustafsson — Mother
  • Sven Garbo — Brother
  • Alva Garbo — Sister
  • John Gilbert — Ex-fiancé


  • Royal Dramatic Theater Academy, Stockholm, Sweden


  • Birth Name: Greta Lovisa Gustafsson
  • Birth Place: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Died: April 15, 1990
  • Profession: Actor

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