The Private Life of Greta Garbo

By: Palmborg, Rille Page

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First edition. Stain on front and rear jacket panels, jacket rear taped in multiple places. 1931 Hard Cover. 282 pp. Greta Garbo[a] (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson;[b] 18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) was a Swedish-American film actress during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Garbo fifth on their list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema. For most of her career she was known for her melancholy and somber persona due her many portrayals of tragic characters in her films. Garbo launched her career with a secondary role in the 1924 Swedish film The Saga of Gösta Berling. Her performance caught the attention of Louis B. Mayer, chief executive of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), who brought her to Hollywood in 1925. She stirred interest with her first American silent film, Torrent (1926). Garbo’s performance in Flesh and the Devil (1927), her third movie, made her an international star.[1] Garbo's first talking film was Anna Christie (1930). MGM marketers enticed the public with the tagline Garbo talks! That same year, she starred in Romance. For her performances in these films, she received the first of three Academy Award nominations for best actress. Academy rules at the time allowed for a performer to receive a single nomination for his or her work in more than one film.[2] In 1932, her success allowed her to dictate the terms of her contract, and she became increasingly selective about her roles. She continued in films such as Mata Hari (1931), Inspiration (1931), Grand Hotel (1932), Queen Christina (1933), and Anna Karenina (1935). Many critics and film historians consider her performance as the doomed courtesan Marguerite Gautier in Camille (1936) to be her finest. The role gained her a second Academy Award nomination. However, Garbo's career soon declined and she was one of the many stars labeled box office poison in 1938. Her career revived upon her turn to comedy in Ninotchka (1939) which earned her a third Academy Award nomination, but after the failure of Two-Faced Woman (1941), she retired from the screen, at the age of 35, after acting in 28 films. After retiring, Garbo declined all opportunities to return to the screen. Shunning publicity, she led a private life. Garbo was an art collector whose collection, including works from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pierre Bonnard, and Kees van Dongen,[3] was worth millions of dollars when she died.

Title: The Private Life of Greta Garbo

Author: Palmborg, Rille Page

Categories: Modern First Editions, Hollywood, Movies & TV,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Garden City, New York, Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.: 1931

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 2303629

Keywords: BIOGRAPHY ENTERTAINMENT FILM MOVIES GRETA GARBO,