Greta Garbo


Born on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden was Greta Lovisa Gustafsson. The youngest child out of three of mother Anna Lovisa and Karl Alfred Gustafsson. This particular lady did not have a very happy childhood. At the age of thirteen around fourteen, her father had died of Tuberculosis. Which lead her working as a soap-lather in a barber shop, later leading her in a job at a department store. That is when she started starring in short films for employees and modeling. Garbo was accepted to Stockholms Royal Dramatic Theater School in 1922 while introduced to the director which got her career started, Maurits Stiller. In 1924, she was in her first movie The Story of Gosta Berling. Stiller and Garbo traveled to America to get a better chance into the "Hollywood life." Stiller got Garbo into a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which lead her to change her looks and change her name to Greta Garbo. Garbo's first American movie in 1926 The Torrent, her next movie The Temptress was very struggling for Garbo. Stiller had issues with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer executives which led to Stiller being fired; when he went back to Sweden he had got several diseases causing him to die. Garbo was very sad, depressed, crushed with the news. Later after her retirement, she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. That was not the cause of her death which was pneumonia and renal failure; she had other suffrage's like gastrointestinal periodontal ailments on April 15, 1990. Greta Garbo was an extraordinary woman, that had influenced many.


Greta Garbo had made the impact of not caring about who or what you are going to be. Just who you are and what you are now. By avoiding the press and interviews and her outrageous fans, to have time for herself. She gave an image of people to care only of themselves and not of others.
GRETA GARBO: TCM Documentary (Spanish subtitles)