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Greta Garbo (1905–1990)


Greta Lovisa Gustafsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 18, 1905. She was 14 when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and go to work in a department store. The store used her as a model in its newspaper ads. She had no film aspirations until she appeared in short advertising film at that ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins. See more awards »

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 1931 Inspiration
Yvonne Valbret
 1930 Romance
Rita Cavallini
 1929 The Kiss
Irene
 1929 The Single Standard
Arden Stuart
 1929 Wild Orchids
Lillie Sterling
 1926 Torrent
Leonora
 1925 The Joyless Street
Greta Rumfort
 1924 Gösta Berlings saga
Elizabeth Dohna
 1923 A Scarlet Angel
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 1922 Luffar-Petter
Greta (as Greta Gustafsson)
 1921 Konsum Stockholm Promo (Short)
 1921 En lyckoriddare
Maid
 1920 How Not to Dress (Short)
Elder sister
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In 1949 she secretly filmed a screen test in preparation for a comeback, which never materialized. This film was believed lost for decades until a print was discovered by a movie collector.

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3 Biographical Movies | 19 Print Biographies | 13 Portrayals | 13 Articles | 16 Pictorials | 46 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Greta Gustafsson

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it. See more »

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In 1924 Mauritz Stiller planned to shoot a film in Turkey titled "The Odalisque from Smyrna" and had hired Conrad Veidt and Einar Hansen as stars. Stiller, along with Hansen and protégé Garbo, left for Istanbul but the promised financing vanished. Stiller reportedly returned to Berlin to raise backing, but failed. Garbo remained in Turkey sulking, not even communicating with fellow Swede Hansen. ... See more »

Nickname:

The Swedish Sphinx See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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