Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Anyone Who Has A Continous Smile On His Face Conceals A Toughness That Is Almost Frightening" - Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo- Born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905.

I have always been a fan of Hollywood's Golden Age. One of my favorite actresses is Ms. Greta Garbo. I began a bit of research on her as I decided to TRY to portray Ms. Garbo for Halloween. What I learned was far more interesting than I expected and to be honest, quite sad.

"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."

She lived a very private life. No signing autographs, no interviews. And after a much publicized romance and three proposals agreed to marrie John Gilbert in 1926. It is said that she left him at the altar.

"You don't have to be married to have a good friend as your partner for life. "

She went on to do more films such as Camille.

She continued to live alone in her New York home until her unfortunate death.
Prior to her death however, Garbo received a 1954 Honorary Academy Award "for her unforgettable screen performances" and in 1999 was ranked as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

After learning her story I am now uncertian as to whether or not I will try to portray her.. it almost feels disrespectful in a way..
"I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be left alone.' There is all the difference."

"The story of my life is about back entrances, side doors, secret elevators and other ways of getting in and out of places so that people won't bother me."

Ms. Garbo, you were a beautiful talent. A true lady that valued her privacy and I respect that highly. Thank you for sharing your on screen talent as it played such an important role in our American history of entertainment. You were one of the greats and I am honored to now know your story.


the real mia said...

I absolutely adore Greta Garbo. My mom gave me a box set of some of her films last year and I watch them all repeatedly (except for Anna Karenina which is just too heartbreaking). I was also fortunate enough to see and exhibit of Garbo portraits at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art a few years back. She is just as lovely in photos as she was in films. A true beauty, she is some one I admire very much. Your tribute to her is wonderful.

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prashant said...

I was also fortunate enough to see and exhibit of Garbo portraits at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art a few years back.
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