Greta’s personal favourite movie of her own was Camille (1937)
September 18, 1905
Greta Lovisa Gustafsson
April 15, 1990
Greta grew up in the poverty of Stockholm's poorest districts. She found employment as a salesgirl in a department store. The store used her in a short publicity film (1921). This led to another short film when a comedy director gave her a small part in Luffarpetter / Peter the tramp (1922). Mauritz Stiller cast Greta in Gösta Berlings saga / The Atonement of Gosta Berling (1923) which made her a minor star. The director became Greta's mentor and lover, glamorizing her image and changing her professional name to Garbo.
In 1924 she went to Hollywood with Stiller and they worked together on The Torrent (1926). Stiller was not successful and returned to Sweden while she stayed on to become known as “The Swedish Sphinx”.
The release of Flesh and the Devil (1927) saw Garbo a full-fledged superstar. Greta continued her superstar status with Anna Karenina (1935) where she played a woman torn between two lovers and her son and with Ninotchka (1939) which showcased her comedic side. Greta retired abruptly in 1941 and would work for the rest of her life to perpetuate the Garbo mystique.
1955 - Honorary Award
1940 Nominated Best Actress for: Ninotchka (1939)
1938 Nominated Best Actress for: Camille (1936)
1930 Nominated Best Actress for: Anna Christie (1930)
1930 Nominated Best Actress for: Romance (1930)
When Greta became a star, she granted no interviews, signed no autographs, attended no premieres, and answered no fan mail.
Greta’s personal favorite movie of her own was Camille (1937)