Short Biography:

  • Born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson in Stockholm, Sweden on September 18, 1905.
  • Makes first US film, the silent The Torrent 1925.
  • Stars in the title role of her first talkie, Anna Christie 1930s.
  • Another exciting title role as the Mata Hari 1931
  • Gives the performance of her life in Anna Karenina 1935
  • Showcases her comedic side in the film Ninotchka 1939
  • Makes her last film Two-Faced Woman 1941

Life After Films:

Abandons Hollywood and moves to New York City

Jet-sets with some of the world's best known personalities such as Aristotle Onassis and invests in paintings and real-estate.

Given a special Oscar for past unforgettable performances (1954)

Dies at the age of 84 of natural causes in New York (April 15, 1990)

Personal Quotes:

"Being a movie star, and this applies to all of them, means being looked at from every possible direction. You are never left at peace, you're just fair game."

"I wish I were supernaturally strong so I could put right everything that is wrong."

"Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening."

"Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it."

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Film Credits
Complete filmography now online!

December 2004:
Added in-depth details of
Camille & her last movie, Two-Faced Woman

new photos added
December 2004

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Did You Know?:
Garbo was her most seductive playing the WWI spy in Mata Hari (1932). So much so that the censors complained of the revealing outfit shown on the movie poster.

Garbo Fired Olivier:
In 1934, Garbo signed a MGM contract granting her almost total control over her films. She exercised that control by getting leading man Laurence Olivier fired from her film, Queen Christina (1934), and forcing Mayer to replace him with former co-star and lover John Gilbert, who’s career had faltered since the coming of sound.

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