Born: September 18, 1905 in Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 15, 1990 in New York, NY, USA
|~Los Angeles Times, 1990~
Greta Garbo was a tall, overweight duckling who became an enchantress swan. Critics and fans
considered Garbo the most alluring, vibrant and yet aloof character to grace the motion-picture
She probably made more money in fewer films than anyone else in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's history.
The films were both silent and sound, and 23 of them ranged from adequate to superb in the eyes of
critics; the 24th was a failure that sent her into retirement at 36, her classic features still unmarked
In 1936-37, director George Cukor was placed in charge of what many feel was Garbo's finest
portrayal, the courtesan "Camille." Its cast included Robert Taylor and Lionel Barrymore. Other roles
included "Romance" with Lewis Stone, "Inspiration" with Robert Montgomery and "Susan Lenox:
Her Fall and Rise," in which her co-star was a "tough-guy" actor named Clark Gable, a departure
from the pretty faces that had heretofore appeared opposite her own.
— Burt A. Folkart and Sheila Benson in the Los Angeles Times April 16, 1990