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Greta Garbo Biography

Birth Name:
Greta Lovisa Gustafsson
Birth Place:
Stockholm, Sweden
Profession
Actor

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

Awards

  • 1941National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner
  • 1939Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1939National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner
  • 1937Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1937New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1937National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner
  • 1935New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1930Oscar-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1930Oscar-Best Actress: nominated

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