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GRETA GARBO BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Greta Garbo was born on September 18th, 1905 in Stockholm, Sweden with the birth name Greta Lovisa Gustafsson.  She was the youngest born of three children to Anna Lovisa and Karl Alfred Gustafsson.  At the age of fourteen her father passed away and her family suffered financial distraught therefore causing her to drop out of school early and find work to help support her family.

She first found work as a soap lather girl at a local barbershop and then got a better job at the PUB department store.  While employed at the store she was used as a model in a number of advertisements and then on a short advertising film similar to a commercial.  It was after this experience that she first became interested in pursuing a career as an actress and was cast in the film, "Luffarpetter" (1922).  

Garbo then won a scholarship to the Swedish Drama School and while studying the art of acting, she had a chance to gain some more film experience.  She then caught the attention of Swedish director, Mauritz Stiller who cast her in the film, "Gösta Berlings Saga" (1924) with Lars Hanson, Sven Scholander and Gerda Lundequist, followed by another film role at the age of eighteen in, "The Joyless Street" (1925) starring with Asta Nielsen, Agnes Esterhazy and Werner Krauss. 
 
It did not take long for the United States to take notice of her and both Garbo and Stiller were offered a contract with MGM.  Soon she was seen in such films as, "The Temptress" (1926) also starring Antonio Moreno, Lionel Barrymore, Marc McDermott and Roy D'Arcy, "Love" (1927) co-starring John Gilbert, George Fawcett, Emily Fitzroy, Brandon Hurst and Philippe De Lacy, "A Woman of Affairs" (1928) with John Gilbert, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Lewis Stone, "Anna Christie" (1930) co-starring Charles Bickford, George F. Marion and Marie Dressler, "Romance" (1930) also starring Lewis Stone, Gavin Gordon, Elliott Nugent, Florence Lake and Henry Armetta, "Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise" (1931) starring with Clark Gable, Jean Hersholt and Alan Hale Sr., "Mata Hari" (1931) starring with Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore and Lewis Stone, "Grand Hotel" (1932) starring alongside John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Joan Crawford, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt and Tully Marshall and "Anna Karenina" (1935) starring with Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, Reginald Owen, Maureen O'Sullivan, Freddie Bartholomew and Reginald Denny.
 
After the films, "Ninotchka" (1939) with Melvyn Douglas, Sig Ruman, Ina Claire and Bela Lugosi and her final film role, "Two-Faced Woman" (1941) also starring Melvyn Douglas, Constance Bennett, Roland Young and Ruth Gordon, she retired from the industry for good.  She left California and relocated to New York City and although she was asked numerous times to return to the big screen she chose to live a private life and stay out of media attention completely. 
 
Although she was a highly successful actress, Garbo preferred to stay out of the limelight of Hollywood.  She rarely signed autographs or returned fan letters and was highly against doing interviews.  Greta never married and never had any children of her own. 
 
Throughout her career she received four Academy Award nominations and one honorary award.  She also earned a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for her role in the films, "Anna Karenina" (1935) and "Camille" (1936) also starring Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph, Henry Daniell and Laura Hope Crews.  Also in 2005 the United States Postal Service and the Swedish Postal Service came together and issued two commemorative stamps with her image.   For the majority of her career, Garbo was the highest paid actress under an MGM contract.
 
She passed away on April 15th, 1990 in New York City, New York from pneumonia at the age of eighty four.  her remains were cremated and interred in 1999 at Skogskyrkogården Cemetery just south of her native Stockholm.


Filmography

1941 Two-Faced Woman
1939 Ninotchka
1937 Conquest 
1936 Camille
1935 Anna Karenina 
1934 The Painted Veil 
1933 Queen Christina 
1932 As You Desire Me 
1932 Grand Hotel 
1931 Mata Hari
1931 Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise
1931 Inspiration
1931 Anna Christie
1930 Romance
1930 Anna Christie 
1929 The Kiss 
1929 The Single Standard
1929 Wild Orchids
1928 A Woman of Affairs
1928 The Mysterious Lady 
1928 The Divine Woman
1927 Love 
1926 The Temptress 
1926 Torrent 
1926 Flesh and the Devil 
1925 The Joyless Street 
1924 Gösta Berlings saga 
1923 Kärlekens ögon
1922 Luffar-Petter 
1921 En lyckoriddare 
1921 Konsum Stockholm Promo
1920 How Not to Dress 





Matinee Classics - Mata Hari starring Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, C. Henry Gordon and Karen Morley
Matinee Classics - Mata Hari starring Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, C. Henry Gordon and Karen Morley
Matinee Classics - Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan, May Robson, Basil Rathbone, Reginald Owen, Reginald Denny, Joan Marsh, Ethel Griffies, Harry Beresford and Mary Forbes
Matinee Classics - Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan, May Robson, Basil Rathbone, Reginald Owen, Reginald Denny, Joan Marsh, Ethel Griffies, Harry Beresford and Mary Forbes
Matinee Classics - A Woman of Affairs starring John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Johnny Mack Brown, Douglas Fairbanks and Lewis Stone


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