Greta Garbo, original name Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, (born September 18, 1905, Stockholm, Sweden—died April 15, 1990, New York, New York, U.S.) She was known for her melancholic, somber persona due to her many portrayals of tragic characters in her films and for her subtle and understated performances. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Garbo fifth on its list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema. She was nicknamed “The Divine” because of her whimsical attitude and her willingness to avoid the press.
She was 84 years.
Actress, Musician, Model
Early Life/ Education/Career
She was fourteen years old when her father died, who had left the family poor. Greta had to drop out of school and go to work in a store. The store used him as a model in newspaper advertisements. She had no movie cravings until she appeared in a short commercial at the same store when she was young. Erik A. Petschler, a comedy director, watched the film and gave him a small role in Luffar-Petter (1922). Encouraged by her own performance, she applied to a Swedish drama school and won a scholarship. There he starred in at least one movie, En lyckoriddare (1921) she. Both were small pieces but that was just a start. Finally, the famous Swedish director Mauritz Stiller took him from drama school for the lead role in the Gösta Berlings saga (1924). At the age of 18, Greta was very good.
Following Die freudlose Gasse (1925), both Greta and Stiller were offered contracts with MGM, and the studio’s first film was the American-made Torrent (1926). . After several films, including The Temptress (1926), Love (1927), and A Woman of Affairs (1928), Greta starred in Anna Christie (1930) (the first “talkie”), which gave her a powerful screen. it also earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (she did not win). Later that year he shot the somewhat disappointing Romance (1930) movie, but he returned in 1931 and played another lead role in Mata Hari (1931), which was a huge hit.
Greta continued to give intense performances in everything that was given to her. The following year, he starred in the Grand Hotel (1932), which turned out to be another hit. However, in MGM’s Anna Karenina (1935), she gave what some thought of her life’s performance. She was absolutely breathtaking in her role as a woman torn between two lovers and her son. Shortly thereafter, she received great acclaim by starring in the historical drama Queen Christina (1933). She earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the romantic drama Camille (1936), again playing the lead character. The following year, his career suffered a setback at Conquest (1937), which was a box office disaster. She later made a comeback when she starred in Ninotchka (1939), which showcased her comedic side. Two years later, he made his last film Two-Faced Woman (1941), another comedy. But the movie sparked controversy and was condemned by the Catholic Church and other groups, and it was a box office failure that shook Garbo.
After World War II, Greta felt, according to her own confession, that the world was changing forever, and she retired, never looking at the camera again. She would work to perpetuate the Garbo mystery for the rest of her life. She thought her films had a proper place in history and would gain value. She left Hollywood and moved to New York she. She would jet-set with some of the world’s most famous personalities, such as aristotle Onassis and others. She spent time tending to the garden, growing flowers and vegetables. In 1954, Greta was awarded a special Oscar for her past unforgettable performances. She even wrote her biography in 1990.
Garbo never married, had no children, and lived alone as an adult. Her most famous romance was with her frequent co-star John Gilbert, with whom she lived intermittently in 1926 and 1927.\] Soon after their romance began, Gilbert began helping her acting on the set, teaching her how to behave like a star, how to socialize at parties, and how to deal with studio bosses.They co-starred again in three more hits: Love (1927), A Woman of Affairs (1928), and Queen Christina (1933). Gilbert allegedly proposed to her numerous times, with Garbo agreeing, but backing out at the last minute.”I was in love with him”, she said. “But I froze. I was afraid he would tell me what to do and boss me. I always wanted to be the boss.” In later years, Garbo said of Gilbert, “I can’t remember what I ever saw in him.
On April 15, 1990, Greta died of natural causes in New York and with her went the “Garbo Mystique”. She was 84.
Net Worth: $50 Million,