Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm on September 18, 1905. Her full name was Greta Lovisa Gustafsson. She was a film actress that became a star during Hollywood’s silent and classic period. Greta Garbo was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress three times. In 1954 she won an honorary award for her screen performance. She is considered one of the greatest female stars alongside Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, and Ingrid Bergman.
Greta Garbo is thought to be one of Hollywood’s most enigmatic stars. Her first role was a secondary one played in the Swedish film “The Saga of Gosta Berling”. The film was an instant hit in both Sweden and Germany. As a result the young actress became popular. Her role made her cement a working relationship with director Mauritz Stiller that would later define her career. It was Stiller that convinced her to changed her name to Garbo.
In 1925, the movie “Streets of Sorrow” made Garbo even more famous. Louis B.Mayer, the production chief of Metro-Golden-Meyer was impressed with Stiller’s work and wanted him to work in America. The director agreed with one condition: Greta Garbo was to come with him. The deal was sealed, albeit reluctantly on Mayer’s part.
From the beginning of her Hollywood career, Greta Garbo showed a reluctance to reveal her past. Her first two Hollywood movies were instant hits and helped her ascending stardom. The actress was MGM’s biggest asset. Even when sound movies became popular, Garbo’s star did not dim. She starred in movies such as “Anna Karenina”, “Camille”, “As you desire me” etc. Her reclusive behavior made her even more famous (her last interview had been given in 1927 ). She retired from acting in 1941 and died, almost 50 years later, in 1990.
Greta Garbo enticed both female and male audience. Her vulnerability, sexuality and acting style made her one of the most famous actresses of all times. Have you see any of her movies?
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