Greta Garbo: The Enigmatic Star

Hello, my name's Toni and I am 17 years old. I deeply love classic movies, but this blog is specifically dedicated to Greta Garbo. She was such a phenomenal actress and a great beauty. Her secrecy and enigma have created such mystery. I hope this blog does justice to her. September 18th, 1905 - April 15th, 1990

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Greta Garbo and Robert Montgomery, Inspiration, 1931
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Greta Garbo with director Clarence Brown and John Gilbert
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Greta Garbo and John GilbertQueen Christina  1932
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Greta Garbo, The Kiss
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Greta Garbo in a publicity photo for Romance (1930).
Greta Garbo photographed by Clarence Sinclair Bull for Ninotchka, 1939.
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Greta Garbo, 1931
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Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, in Stockholm on 18 September 1905
In her letters, Garbo described her affairs with women as “exciting secrets”, and fully embraced the fashionable view of the time that lesbian sex was good for a girl.
Her first sweetheart was Swedish actress Mimi Pollak. They conversed in letters quite sweetly and after learning of Pollak’s pregnancy in 1930 Garbo wrote, “We cannot help our nature, as God has created it. But I have always thought you and I belonged together”Evidence indicates she had an affair with Lilyan Tashman.
Louise Brooks stated she had an affair with Greta Garbo.
Garbo had a volatile romance with writer Mercedes De Acosta
Recent news (to me at least) is that Garbo and Marlene Dietrich were romantically involved. The story goes that in 1945, when Orson Welles introduced them at a party it wasn’t a great success. Marlene got nowhere by telling Garbo she was “a goddess”…And that was that, apparently - nothing happened.
But an author, Diana McLellan, the former social columnist of the Washington Post, claims Dietrich and Garbo not only knew each other in their pre-Hollywood days, but were lovers 20 years before their introduction by Welles, and the affair, although brief, had a lasting effect on them both. It happened during the winter of 1925, in Berlin, during the making of an obscure German silent film The Joyless Street.(Dietrich denied ever being in that film until shortly before her death.)
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365 Day Movie Challenge (2014) - #67: Anna Christie (1930) - dir. Jacques Feyder
This German-language version of the Greta Garbo talkie co-stars Theo Shall as Garbo’s boyfriend, Hans Junkermann as Garbo’s father, famed writer Salka Viertel as Junkermann’s girlfriend and Herman Bing (uncredited) as Larry the bartender. The film is lacking the enjoyably robust Charles Bickford in the love interest role, but it benefits from the performances by Junkermann and Viertel, who are nowhere near as hammy as George F. Marion and Marie Dressler in the English-language version. The dialogue is also better without the English “gee, sure” stuff.
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Greta Garbo in 1930 (by George Hurrell)
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'Wild Orchids', 1929