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Greta Garbo (1905–1990)

Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen 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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 8 wins. See more awards »

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 1931 Inspiration
Yvonne Valbret
 1930/II Anna Christie
 1930 Romance
Rita Cavallini
 1930/I Anna Christie
 1929 The Kiss
 1929 The Single Standard
Arden Stuart
 1929 Wild Orchids
Lillie Sterling
 1926 Torrent
 1925 The Joyless Street
Greta Rumfort
 1924 Gösta Berlings saga
Elizabeth Dohna
 1923 A Scarlet Angel
 1922 Luffar-Petter
Greta (as Greta Gustafsson)
 1921 Konsum Stockholm Promo (Short)
 1921 En lyckoriddare
 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 | 21 Print Biographies | 13 Portrayals | 21 Articles | 16 Pictorials | 46 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Greta Gustafsson


5' 7½" (1.71 m)

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[on secrets] Every one of us lives his life just once; if we are honest, to live once is enough. See more »


Garbo's sets were closed to all visitors and sometimes even the director! When asked why, she said: "During these scenes I allow only the cameraman and lighting man on the set. The director goes out for a coffee or a milkshake. When people are watching, I'm just a woman making faces for the camera. It destroys the illusion. If I am by myself, my face will do things I cannot do with it otherwise." See more »


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