- [quote]why was she such a huge star?\
Because she was a great actress and a great beauty. And then she wanted to be left alone, so there was always mystery about her remaining until the end.
- She was NOT beautiful, jeeez.
- Yes, she was. Are you blind? I''m a femme lesbian who loves femme lesbians; as such I have some idea of who''s beautiful. \
I want to know who OP and r2 consider beautiful.
- That''s because Garbo was a dyke.
- In her day she was gorgeous. Enegmatic and poised she was a real film star.
- If we are now in a world where Garbo''s talent and beauty are debatable and not gold standards (assuming posters are not trolling), I assume we have entered the Twilight Zone of the Zitted Damned.
- There was a fabulous thread on Garbo a few years ago. I remember someone writing about how he ran into her in the street once near where she lived. Then someone posted about some letters from Garbo to someone (a photographer?). I wonder where those posters are now. I would love to read some of those stories again. I don''t even care if they were made up (and I don''t think they were).\
Yes, she was beautiful and mysterious. She was a complicated person, not some bimbo, and it showed on the big screen.
- Her face had perfect symmetry. And she had an air of mystery. People loved that back in the early days of cinema. \
I''d love to photoshop her face and see what it would look like with modern hair and make-up. My guess is that she would be even more stunning.
- Some of those stories are no doubt on this site, R7.\
OP sounds like Cukor, who is about the only one I can think of who wasn''t completely in her thrall.
- no great beauty is ever completely beautiful. it is the slight flaw, the unique imperfection offsetting perfection that creates beauty. \
garbo had a glow the likes of which no one had seen before on screen. in addition she eminated unspeakable qualities of strength and vulnerability. \
Try comparing her to other beauties of her own day rather than the manufactured models of today.
- I''m sorry for you, OP -- you''re missing something wonderful.\
Try watching "A Woman Of Affairs" (1928) -- a silent movie, so Garbo has only her face to work with. In a word: haunting.\
Not conventionally beautiful, but nevertheless lovely. At the link is a view of her that''s more like what''s considered pretty today.
- Awesome, r9. Thank you!
- OP tell us, who do you consider beautiful. Or are you too chicken to say.
- Jessica Simpson
- Lea Michele
- Marie Dressler
- Kathy Griffin
- Ruth Buzzi
- Inside Garbo''s apartment. I''m not sure if these pictures are actually of her apartment or whether the apartment photographer is a replica for the purposes of the auction of her estate. Still, the setup is both grander and livelier than you might expect.
- OP are you Hellen Keller?\
Her face was fucking perfect
- Remember that photographer that did a book of current Hollywood celebrities posing as Old Hollywood celebrities? He mentioned that Garbo was photographed to hide a particular flaw. I can''t remember what it was though.
- [quote]He mentioned that Garbo was photographed to hide a particular flaw. I can''t remember what it was though.\
That she was hung like a fucking Clydesdale, Rose.
- Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman were the most beautiful women Hollywood ever produced. \
They set the standard for what was perceived as ''beautiful'' at the time, and through the mystique, to this day. \
So yes, GG *was* conventionally beautiful.
- Until Cinemascope and other wide screen inventions of the 50s, what made the star was the extreme closeup. The great stars of the 30s,40s and 50s --from Garbo and Marlene to Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly,etc. the dazzling close up filling the screen made people swoon and think of movie actresses as goddesses. Garbo was the greatest of them all in terms of a look, in terms of eyes communicating. Audrey Hepburn may have been the last of those kind of stars. Talent was important but the visual was equally so.
- "Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman were the most beautiful women Hollywood ever produced."\
- For R25
- Have you seen Dietrich in The Blue Angel?
- The OP may be just a troll trying to still shit. Or maybe he or she really is that appallingly stupid. \
To say that Garbo was NOT "a great beauty" is idiocy on a grand scale. \
I thought she was a good actress, not a great one.\
Her face was sublime.
- What can you say to the OP? I have to think he (she?) has never seen photographic evidence of her beauty from her heyday.\
In any case- some people think Picasso is no good, Streisand and Pavarotti cannot (could not) sing and than Einstein wasn''t as smart as they say.\
My family lived across the street from Garbo on East 52nd (large appartment houses, FYI, not houses or town houses) in NYC. I saw her almost routinely about 5:30 sometimes very close any give day when I was out about in the neighborhood.\
She was pretty striking, in her 60s and early 70s.
- Barthes on Garbo:
- George Hurrell said that Garbo''s face was the most perfect of anyone he photographed. (Joan Crawford was his second choice--although he noted that her jaw was a little heavy.)
- Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman were the most beautiful women Hollywood ever produced. \
I''d have to add Hedy Lamarr to that list.
From Blazing Saddles?
- R25, you could pop the caps off of beer bottles with the Tierney overbite.
- Aside from being stunning, her acting holds up unlike any other actress of her generation, she was a modern, truthful actress...generally speaking in a language other than her first and way ahead of her time. No one today can play a woman in love like Greta.
- She commanded the screen. She acted like a man in a beautiful woman''s body. Seeing her in a seduction scene with Ramon Navarro was interesting because she acted like the alpha male.
- What Garbo had, which no actresses have today, is an exotic mystique. Since there were no voices when Garbo started in pictures everything was concentrated on the face to convey emotion. Garbo was manufactured to portray European eroticism and could do more with a lifted eyebrow than modern actress could do stark naked and spreadeagled. She wasn''t a good actress in the modern sense of the word but she was a fastinating presense on the screen and held the publics interest until the late thirties.
- No, she was a good actress in the modern sense of the word.\
That is an essential part of her continuous allure and legacy as one of the great movie stars.\
If she were just pretty, but a limited or ''dated'' actress, she would have been another Jean Harlow or Gene Tierney.
- R34, Gene Tierney''s slight overbite - and yes bitch it was slight - is the "flaw" others mentioned which made her so beautiful and in the right role, so very compelling. \
Today the "flaws" are fixed, which is why most actresses, especially after a certain age, look alike and consequently look much less interesting. \
Straight women seem to prefer stars who look more like the average frau, which is why Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner and others are considered pretty but no one would consider them great beauties. And then there is Sarah Jessica Parker. The nadir of this trend of course is the career of Miley Cyrus, who really is not atractive but of course is beloved by America''s vast army of overweight teenage girls.
- Beware, "charlie" lived next to, and knew, every celebrity in NYC from 1920 to 1999.
- I do agree Greta Garbo had mystery, unparalleled beauty and glamor, but her acting was..."different". I recently re-watched "Grand Hotel", and Garbo is stuck giving an extremely overblown " silent film" performance, 3 years after her first "talkie". Oddly, it is the usually mannered Joan Crawford who gives the most interesting and fairly truthful performance. The contrast was very obvious.
- r41, that is just one film, and Garbo had a supporting role in it.\
Watch her leading roles in Ninotchka or Queen Christina, where she is at her acting best.\
Garbo and B. Davis were the two most gifted (i.e. natural and ahead-of-their-time) actresses of that period.
- Btw, Bette Davis admired Garbo''s acting, and kept talking about it in interviews in the 70s.
- Garbo Laughs!
I just felt like saying that
- I lived on E. 52nd during the 1980''s and would see Garbo all the time, even once in the Gristede''s around the corner on First Avenue. My dog once barked at her but she didn''t even break stride.
- get a picture?
- Joan Crawford couldn't stop going gaga over Garbo, too, in interviews. Some of these interviews can be found on YouTube where Joan Crawford gushes over Garbo's beauty and overall artistry as an actress.
Nah. Garbo was a true original. Not only the greatest silent actress (and her competition was stiff when you compare her to the likes of Swanson, Gish, Pickford, West, etc.). But perhaps the greatest screen actress period! Pauline Kael said it best about Garbo: "Garbo could project so much more than a role required that we responded to her own emotional nature. Her uniquely spiritual eroticism turned men into willing slaves, and she often at her best with rather passive men--frequently asexual or unisexual or homosexual (though not meant to be in the course of the films). Garbo's love transcended sex; her sensuality transcended sex. She played opposite Clark Gable once, and the collision, though heated, didn't quite work; his macho directness--and opacity--reduced her from passionate goddess to passionate woman. And Garbo seemed to lose her soul when she played mere women--that's why she was finished when the audience had had enough of goddesses. But for a time in the late twenties and early thirties, when she leaned back on a couch and exposed her throat, the whole audience could dream away--heterosexual men as much as the homosexuals (whom she was, indeed, generally seducing in her movies).
- amazing what growing up (and hollywood make up dept) did to Garbo.\
let''s just say she was a late bloomer
- Very nicely put, and thanks for the quote, R47.
Though Mae West was never in silent films. The idea!
- no one like her sense.
- [quote]I lived on E. 52nd during the 1980''s and would see Garbo all the time, even once in the Gristede''s around the corner on First Avenue. My dog once barked at her but she didn''t even break stride.\
But I did break vind!
- Thanks, R49. I don''t know why I said West started her career in silent films. You''re right, she first appeared in films in 1932. Thanks for the correction.
- Can you imagine her keeping her mouth shut that long?
- "Joan Crawford couldn''t stop going gaga over Garbo"\
Yeah, that''s because she wanted her sexually.
- The only thing Bette and Joan had in common was mutual adoration for Garbo.
- Marilyn Monroe is considered to be Garbo''s successor in many cinematic circles. Garbo herself hankered after Marilyn playing opposite her in a film of Oscar Wilde''s Dorian Gray.
- You mean like a "Johnny Guitar" version of "Dorian Gray"?
- Garbo was perfect. But R25 beat me to it. No list is complete without Gene Tierney
- "Marilyn Monroe is considered to be Garbo''s successor in many cinematic circles."\
Her "successor?" I don''t think so. They were both iconic film stars who dominated the screen when they were oncamera, but there the similarity ends. Garbo and Monroe were so opposite in personality and screen persona it doesn''t even bear discussion. \
Garbo talked about wanting to play roles that were male, like Dorian Gray, but it was just talk. She liked to refer to herself as a male; she''d call herself a "bachelor" or in her later years, an "old man."
- Most of her fans in the 20s and 30s were women. And gay men, of course. \
She was never particularly appealing to straight men because she intimidated them.
- love this one
- From Jane Fonda's autobio:
[italic]One afternoon when Dad and Afdera were entertaining, Greta Garbo came over with a female companion. After a perfunctory drink with the guests, she and her friend went into the house and came out wearing terry-cloth robes and white rubber swimming caps, the serious kind worn by professional swimmers. Garbo asked if I wanted to go swimming in the sea with her. You could have fanned me with a brick. Greta Garbo! By the way, she was the only guest all summer who expressed interest in leaving the social scene and walking down the steep steps carved into the cliffs to swim in the sea. I had done it myself only a few times - it was a long way down and the water was cold. But down we went - Garbo, her companion, and me. When we got to where the waves broke over the rocks, Garbo threw off her robe to reveal her naked athletic body, stepped out to the farthest rock, and did a perfect dive into the water - none of the dipping toes first, then knees, the "let's get used to it gradually" approach I preferred. I reminded myself that she was Scandinavian, after all, held my breath, and threw myself in after her (wearing a bathing suit, of course). She swam vigorously for quite a ways without stopping, then turned and swam back, meeting up with me as I was trying to catch up. We bobbed about, treading water and looking at each other. Garbo's face was luminous and utterly pure, not a trace of make-up.[/italic]
[italic]Then in that throaty Ninotchka voice, she asked me, "Are you going to be an actress?"[/italic]
[italic]I was stunned that she had asked me about myself.[/italic]
[italic]"No," I said, "I don't have talent."[/italic]
[italic]"Well," said Garbo, "I bet you do, and you're pretty enough to be one."[/italic]
- r62, so we have Garbo to blame.
- Garbo was beautiful, in her time. Now, I think people still see her as beautiful but not a knock-out. It''s just different styles from back then. \
Her acting style is now completely dated though. Everything seems so forced with her, even her laugh. There are some actors that are wonderful at making you forget who they are but with Garbo - she''s always Garbo. Just like looks, her acting was perfect for her time. \
I love seeing Queen Christina and other wonderful movies by her but I can recognize that her acting is outdated.
- "and held the publics interest until the late thirties."\
Ahem. This thread illustrates she holds the publics interest to this very minute.
- I know only film buffs of my generation that like her, otherwise no one I know has even heard of her. I think interest will die with my generation for sure. Sad but it will happen with most of those early stars.
25 year old
- [quote]no one I know has even heard of her.\
- I vonder why the OP is such a little pantyvaist.
- Unfortunately I agree, r66. I''m 21 and a big movie buff so I know all the old actors. I was shocked when a lot of my friends didn''t know who James Dean was. Sad ... the young film actors of today are awful and cannot even compare to those of the past.
- Someone needs to say it:\
GARBO HAD THE FACE OF A POLISH TRUCK DRIVER!\
And having sat through Camille (for which I deserve a medal), I can only say:\
WHAT A BLOODY HAM!!!!\
This bitch is in serious need of re-evaluation by unblinkered critics.
- R70, you don''t deserve it, but look at the photo in R68''s link.\
What the hell are you talking about?
- That is one Polish truck driver I would like to meet.
- It''s impossible for young people to completely grasp what Garbo was all about, because it was from a different time. I''ve never sat through an entire film of hers, but it''s foolish to say that she didn''t have some form of true, honest beauty when you looked at her on screen. From the way she looked to how she dressed, she was radiant. A true original.\
Many of my peers don''t know her, so what? Their loss. Many of these "actresses" today are pigs in comparison. No sense of original style, they can''t properly show off the beauty of their bodies. They don''t know how to truly express pure beauty without making fools out of themselves.
- I''ve always thought Greta Garbo was one of the most beautiful women. Not like the generic cookie-cutter actresses that pass for beauty these days.\
Madchen Amick reminds me of a young Greta Garbo. All of that wonderful bone structure.
- So was Greta Garbo gay?
Don''t remember the answer
- "Ahem. This thread illustrates she holds the publics interest to this very minute."\
Exactly. I''ve never seen a film of hers, but I know who she is, can ID a photo of her and her "I vant to be alone" persona. Anyone from that era who can still hold that kind of allure is special. \
She was GARBO. When she did a talkie they advertised it as "Garbo speaks!". \
Today''s stars could learn a lot from her. If I never see another photo or interview of Cameron Diaz or that Twilight dyke I wouldn''t miss it.
- The people saying they are "21" are full of shit. This is DL, honey, we can smell an old queen with a Garbo vendetta. And if you are "21" and spending time on this site you need help.
- I think Garbo was bisexual with a preference for women. Stunning beauty with a reputation for poor personal grooming. Noel Coward writes of dining with her in Villefranche and finding her beautiful but ''grubby''.
- In the photographs of Garbo''s NY apartment it looks like the books on the shelves are strictly ornamental. Unless she maintained a law library for some reason that is rather disappointing.
- I think they used to call her the mask because her face was remarkably symmetrical which is very rare. She was also bisexual, and she believed living life as a free spirit. \
(R79), I bought the auction catalog of Garbo''s estate on Ebay. Not only the woman was extremely beautiful, but also she had the most fantastic taste in art and decor. I own many auction catalogs on famous estates and I have to say, Garbo''s estate was far classier than all the others. If you get a chance, buy the catalog or maybe go to the library. It’s much better up close, and right there in front of you.
- Thanks, R80, I am pleased and not at all surprised to learn that Garbo had great taste in art and decor. \
But I was commenting that her library appeared to have been chosen more for the beauty of its bindings than for the contents within. I''d like to know what those books were and whether she read them. I confess I always think a little less about people who acquire books for their display value.
- [quote]If you get a chance, buy the catalog or maybe go to the library.\
You can find those things in a library?
- [quote]You can find those things in a library?\
Yes, many large and university libraries hold auction catalogues as part of their art or history colections
- Greta Garbo was extremely beautiful. More important, the camera loved her. There was a perfection to her photographed and filmed image that must be recognized. Perhaps it is the symmetry of her face. I''m not sure. I do know It is rarely seen in cinema. Plus there''s an essential mystery that contributes to the iconography that is Greta Garbo. She lives on in film, and she will endure on film.
- R81, Garbo dropped out of school but was no dummy. I think she was an autodidact. Someone with such an exquisitely decorated apartment and excellent art collection had to have been a reader. She even designed some of the rugs. This is pure speculation.
- "who is about the only one I can think of who wasn''t completely in her thrall."\
Well, now you can add me. \
I''m almost 60. I didn''t "get" her when I was 20, and I''ve found nothing to change my opinion. She did have a unique look and style in her silent films, but her sound films (well, her performances) are just unwatchable. I''m constantly baffled how that self-absorbed stiffness gets mistaken as great acting - Ninothcka being a prime example. But then I''m straight, so go figure...\
"She was never particularly appealing to straight men because she intimidated them."\
Maybe if your name was John Gilbert.
- What does a 60 year old straight man doing posting on a thread about GG? Seriously.
- "The only thing Bette and Joan had in common was mutual adoration for Garbo."\
And daughters who were complete cunts.
- Timeless. She could walk down 5th avenue exactly like this and still turn every head.
- I find the Garbo/Monroe comparison to be pretty apt, granted their screen personas are dissimilar, but both of them were utterly mesmerizing in a way that no other screen actors have been. Of the two I think that Monroe had more ability as an actress, but when either are onscreen it is really hard to take your eyes off of them. Noboby else compares.
- The other good thing about Garbo, of course, is that she was a dyke.
- Actually, R86, I meant to say those who knew her and worked with her. I know lots of people these days who don''t have much to say about her.\
But then again, "American Idol" is one of the top shows on TV, so...
- When I saw phtos of Garbo, I wondered what the big deal was. Then I saw her movies. She was mesmerizing on film.
- Good lord she was breathtaking.
- She was beautiful and alluring, but she looked ugly when she smiled.\
Serious and stunning
- Ugly smile
- My favorite picture.
- Deneuve is another actress that doesn''t look good when smiling.
- I absolutely adore this Garbo montage using the Spice Girls comeback song Headlines:
- That''s awful, R100. This one is way better.
- Gorgeous, R101.\
Did you know that Dietrich was promoted as "Garbo with a sense of humor"?\
(Plus she could put across a song.)
- No no no... THIS is the ultimate Garbo montage!
- very poignant r103 - made me cry!
If I pave my streets with good times, will the mountain keep on giving?
- I do love Gene Tierney, but to me her beauty is not of the same transcendent kind that Garbo, Dietrich, Hedy Lamarr, Ava Gardner, and a few others share. Tierney''s face has too much character. It''s odd, but I realize that if the face displays a personality it seems to lose the "goddess" look - \
Of course I can look at Marilyn, Deneuve, Loren, Mirren, Bette Davis, Liz Taylor, and many other interesting and beautiful women forever - it''s just that when it comes to the tops in the Great Beauties area, the quality of mystery takes precedence over smarts and persona.\
It''s fun and interesting to hear what people think, especially when many of the people sharing are gay men whose aesthetic is not coming from erotic intentions.
Yeah, I know - MARY!
- Beautifully said, r105.
- I hear you R105. We all have our favorites and mine just happens to be Gene Tierney. \
Another forgotten beauty was jeanne Crain. Almost every important role during her time in Hollywood was written for her. But she kept getting sick or pregnant and backing out. Out of frustration the studios just gave up on her. I can list them now but once I read a list of the movies written for her that she backed out of I was stunned.
- Definition of beauty:
- Ahh la Liz of course. The only drawback with her is that we just know everything about her. No air of mystery.
- r100 - let''s make the heeeeadliiiiines loud and truuuuuue....
- Most of the footage from r100''s clip with the Headline''s track are from screen tests done of Garbo around 1950 when she was considering a comeback after more than 10 years away from the camera. \
They were done to convince her how gorgeous she still looked but she chose not to continue and the film was never made, of course.\
Can''t remember what that film was going to be. \
Anyone who watches r101''s and r103''s montages and doesn''t see the unique and transcendent beauty of the woman needs to leave this thread NOW.
- As transcendent as I find Garbo''s looks to be, I have yet to find anything more exquisite than Rita Hayworth. Just stunning.
- Garbo wanted Michelle Pfeiffer to play her and sustain her legacy no doubt - it makes absolute sense, since some may argue that Pfeiffer in fact eclipses Garbo as the ''feminine ideal'', and makes Garbo look positively masculine in comparison.
- I thought the comeback film didn''t get made because there wasn''t enough money?... Plus with her experience @ MGM I can understand her not wanting to deal with any part of making movies again because of that, more than because she didn''t like her wrinkles. IMO.
- I''m a huge fan of silents and 30s cinema and find both Garbo''s looks and acting to be completely unremarkable. As I understand not everyone here would share my high regard for Janet Gaynor or Clara Bow.\
It''s called having an opinion- look it up.
- Greta was fucking plain. You can''t stand her next to Dietrich and say oh it was just the times. She was plain at best.
- I find the above comparison to Michelle Pfeiffer interesting because though Michelle may indeed be "prettier" and more "feminine,"\
it is those two qualities that make her more oridnary and human. \
It''s Garbo''s unique and powerful androgenous beauty that transcends all other actresses.
- Ah but r117, at the height of Garbo''s stardom, people weren''t talking about what we now know was her essential androgynous quality... people were honestly holding her up as the feminine ideal and the ultimate model of womankind.
- Marlene Dietrich was a harsh Appollonian parody of the beautiful Dionysian creature that was Garbo. Dietrich was essentially a drag queen homage to her swedish rival.
- This is a hysterically funny bitchy rant that Cecil Beaton wrote in his diary about Katherine Hepburn whom he worked with on Coco, comparing her to his muse, obsession and potential wife Garbo:
"No cause for regrets. I knew Coco would be no good with such a rotten book. I never fooled myself into thinking the book could be sufficiently improved. It's no good wondering if Alan Lerner had not made a great mistake by throwing out Rosalind Russell (done in such a dishonest, beastly way) in favour of Katharine Hepburn. In fact R. R. would have given a better performance, would have projected the songs better, but the show would not have succeeded in becoming a smash hit, though it might have lasted longer than it will if K. H. is still determined to leave at the end of April.
It may, however, suit her to stay on to receive the applause of the multitudes. She is the egomaniac of all time and her whole life is devised to receive the standing ovation that she has had at the end of her great personality performance. As the play nears its end and she is sure of her success, she becomes raged, the years roll off her, and she becomes a young schoolmistress. Up till then she has, to my way of thinking, been as unlike Chanel as anyone could be. With the manners of an old sea salt, spreading her ugly piano-calved legs in the most indecent positions, even kicking her protégée with her foot in the "London" scene, standing with her huge legs wide apart and being in every gesture as unfeminine and unlike the fascinating Chanel as anyone could be. Her performance is just one long series of personal mannerisms.
I would not have thought audiences could react so admiringly, yet the first time I saw a run-through rehearsal, I was impressed and even touched. But ever since I've found her performance mechanical, inept (her timing is erratic), she stops and laughs, she falters over words, she is maladroit, and she is ugly. That beautiful bone structure of cheekbone, nose and chin goes for nothing in the surrounding flesh of the New England shopkeeper. Her skin is revolting and since she does not apply enough make-up even from the front she appears pockmarked. In life her appearance is appalling, a raddled, rash-ridden, freckled, burnt, mottled, bleached and wizened piece of decaying matter. It is unbelievable, incredible that she can still be exhibited in public.
Fred Brisson tells me that one day he will repeat the vile things she has said about me. As it is I have heard that she has complained about my being difficult, stubborn. She obviously does not trust me or have confidence in my talent. She pretends to be fairly friendly and direct, but she has never given me any friendship, never spoken to me of anything that has not direct bearing on the part that she is playing.
I have determined not to have a row with her, have put up with a great deal of double-crossing, chicanery and even deceit. She has behaved unethically in altering her clothes without telling me, asserting her "own" taste instead of mine. (On the first night she appeared in her own hat instead of the one that went with the blue on her costume. Instead of the Chanel jewellery she wears a little paste brooch chosen by her friend... in quiet good taste.)
She is suspicious and untrustworthy...
- "... Never has anyone been so one-tracked in their determination to succeed. She knows fundamentally that she has no great talent as an actress. This gives her great insecurity so she must expend enormous effort in overcoming this by asserting herself in as strident a manner as only she knows how. She must always be proved right, only she knows, no matter what the subject. It is extraordinary that she has not been paid out for her lack of taking advice. But even if this is her last job, and it won't be, she will have had an incredible run for incredible money. She owns $20 million. She is getting $13,000 a week. But in spite of her success, her aura of freshness and natural directness, she is a rotten, ingrained viper. She has no generosity, no heart, no grace. She is a dried-up boot. Completely lacking in feminine grace, in manners, she cannot smile except to bare her teeth to give an effect of utter youthfulness and charm. (This, one of her most valuable stage assets, is completely without feeling.) She is ungenerous, never gives a present, and miserly. She lives like a miser, bullies Phyllis [Willbourn] and thinks only of herself day and night. Garbo has magic. Garbo is a miracle with many of the same faults, but Hepburn is synthetic, lacking in the qualities that would make such an unbearable human being into a real artist.
I hope I never have to see her again."
- Thank you R20! Ha! That was a great read. And I share his opinion on Hepburn - terrible, hamy actress and an ugly cunt to boot. NEVER got her appeal, never.
- OP - watch this clip and shut the fuck up:
- John Gilbert looks like a cartoon character. Greta''s looks still hold up.
I hate it when she was being sensual. It was not necessary and she was too aristocratic for that
- Well, well, lookie what we got here. A bunch queens going ga-ga over a beautiful female. Makes me sick. And you call your selves homos. Pffft.\
Oh, and here is our very own Ramon Navarro (from another thread) and Greta. They sho is pretty.
- Beaton was pissed because he wasn''t the focus of the attention. His rants about George Cukor on "My Fair Lady" are even uglier.
- This thread convinces me that instead of an honest film discussion, we get insane recluses who are probably going to be dead in one or two years.
- [quote]Oh, and here is our very own Ramon Navarro (from another thread) and Greta. They sho is pretty.\
- [quote]This thread convinces me that instead of an honest film discussion, we get insane recluses who are probably going to be dead in one or two years.\
Why is that? I''m 34 and not going to die anytime soon. You make no sense.
- There is no one like Garbo. She had everything : the genius, the beauty, the charisma, the personality, the mystique. To see her as "Camille" is to see heaven. She is heartbreaking, beautiful, beyond any words of description. Fragile, coquetish, tragic, romantic, magical, a divine dream.
- Well, she was no fuckin'' Susan Anton!
- There is something to be said about a woman who has Hepburn,
- Sorry, but there is something to be said of a woman who has Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and Bette Davis as admirers.
- DID Garbo ever HAVE Hepburn? I know Bette was a rabid heterosexual, but something tells me even she would have fucked Garbo given the chance.
- Garbo in Camille is indeed breathtaking and utterly unique. I''d compare young Meryl Streep to Garbo actually, although Meryl didn''t live up to her promise of assuming ''the mantle'' of Nordic goddess.
- Garbo was a perfect example of marketing and media conditioning. If you just keep telling people that she i/was beautiful and talented eventually someone will begin to believe it.\
She would have never had a career in these days. Too much paparazzi.
- She WAS beautiful and talented you cynical fuck.
- r123 after watching that clip I''ve decided Garbo was the Kristen Stewart of her day!
- This thread really undercuts the stereotype of the cultivated homo.
- In fairness to Dietrich---she was a German product of her time--the 20s and 30s--the drag queen reference appropriate since that exaggerated depiction of women as "sirens" was as much a part of German culture as any place else. BUT -- Dietrich did prove as she aged that she was in fact an actress of depth. Look at "Witness to the Prosecution" and "Judgement at Nuremberg".
- "If you just keep telling people that she i/was beautiful and talented eventually someone will begin to believe it."\
She WAS beautiful and talented, you clod.\
I can''t believe the idiots on this thread. Garbo was "PLAIN?" And "COMPLETELY UNREMARKABLE?" Who do retards like that think IS remarkable and gorgeous? Megan Fox, maybe?\
Anybody who thinks Garbo was not attractive and not talented has a few screws loose. Their perception of reality is skewed, to say the least.
- Fangirl meltdown @ r142.
- She gave few interviews, and her last was with the entertainment writer Paul Callan of the British newspaper Daily Mail during the Cannes Film Festival. \
Meeting at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Callan began his line of questioning with, "I wonder . . . " Garbo cut in with "Why wonder?" and stalked off, making it one of the shortest interviews ever published.
- Garbo would not have survived the media attention today. She would end up retiring at a far early age.\
Her allure was her mystery. I get the feeling this air of mystery was caused by being deeply closted and her fear of being outed as a lesbian.
- Was she autistic?
- Ahhh, all this Garbo love!\
Can anyone recommend a good biography of her?
- No R40, not 1999 but 2010. Last night saw Paul Simon walking up Broadway- live pretty close to him to. I won''t tell you who lives in my buidling now or across the street.\
Truth gets you huh R40- do you think I get off on the coincidence of living across the street from Garbo when I was a kid? Like it means something about me in an anonymous post on a website? \
If you know anything about NYC, and you grew up in Manhattan, you would understand that this phenom of seeing celebreties almost regularly is a non event no matter who you are or where you live. All you need is a certain awareness of what''s around you.\
And most people on DL like first hand accounts.
- A LIFE APART by Karen Swenson.
- [quote]Meeting at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Callan began his line of questioning with, "I wonder . . . " Garbo cut in with "Why wonder?" and stalked off, making it one of the shortest interviews ever published.\
What an insufferable CUNT
Let the fucking man ask the fucking question first, cunt
- Garbo was not a ''celebrity'' you simple philistine. She was a MYTH. To see her walk the streets of New York at twilight, was like seeing a magical unicorn.
- Quentin Crisp on Garbo:
"She was a star even to other stars..."
- R150''s favorite performer? Why it''s KELLY CLARKSON, of AMERICAN IDOL, natch!
- LOL (with tenderness) at R151.
- Garbo was something different, to say she was talented in the way that Davis or Streep is talented is to do disservice to their skill. Garbo and Monroe were both phenomena, two creatures made for the screen, both luminous and breathtaking. But they cannot be compared to actresses ala Davis or Streep or beauties like Hayworth or Gardner in the same way.
- you''re right r155 - Garbo and Monroe are THE ultimate Hollywood movie stars - they slay the actors, the beauties and any fucker who was ever worth a damn in that town! They are the gold standard for cinema.
- great article from when Garbo turned 100:
- 148, we understand NYC very well. What some of us don''t understand or believe is that you know all of these people. Running into/seeing celebrities on the street in common, it doesn''t mean you "know" them. Some of us have been here several years and don''t believe any of it. Deal with that.
- Much appreciated, R149.
- I love it when she''s forced to break up with Armand in Camille - "We don''t make our hearts"... she''s deliciously cruel to him... this is the kind of ''dumping him in order to save him plot'' the soaps have been pilfering off for years.
- Beautifully acted scene there by Garbo. She''s like a cold mermaid - incandescant and unattainable!
- "I COULD KILL YOU FOR THIS." "I''m not worth killing, Armand."
god, it''s too good
- She is the ULTIMATE gay icon. Or SHOULD be.
- Any Garbo fan worth their salt doesn''t dare call her ''Greta''. That''s a name for when she was a plump barber shop assistant.
- So, she''s a lez, huh? My gaydar says yes.
- "So, she''s a lez, huh? My gaydar says yes."\
She wasn''t much of a lez. Or a straight either, for that matter. Garbo''s known and verified sexual affairs were VERY few. She had more friendships (with both gays and straights) than affairs. She had kind of a take it or leave it attitude towards sex. She wasn''t frigid, but she wasn''t into having lots of lovers, either. Everybody wanted to sleep with her; all the sexual advances probably got tiresome for her.
- Louise Brooks claimed to have slept with Garbo - reporting that she was very giving and tender in lovemaking, and that she was a "masculine dyke".
- Conversely, Garbo revealed to friends that she had actually received a “fan letter” from Germany's ruthless dictator. “I wonder how it would feel to stand face to face with a man like Hitler,” she mused.
Early in World War II, Garbo was told that Adolf Hitler loved her films and admired Camille so much that he allowed its wide distribution in Germany, despite the ‘racial impurity' of director Cukor. The Führer reportedly “retained” a private copy of the film confiscated by his customs officers.
Garbo, in turn, reportedly said she wanted to meet him and try to convince him to stop the war. She felt the power of her personality could alter the course of history, but “if not – I could shoot him”. Who would dare to search Greta Garbo on a special invitation from the Führer?
The romantic idea that Garbo was willing to martyr herself by assassinating Hitler sounds apocryphal, but her friend Sam Green confirms it: “Once she said, ‘Mr Hitler was big on me. He kept writing and inviting me to come to Germany, and if the war hadn't started when it did, I would have gone and I would have taken a gun out of my purse and shot him, because I'm the only person who would not have been searched.'
That's a direct quote. She said it to me over dinner, and it was so out of character. It wasn't her habit to make up such a story to stop a dinner party. Or maybe not so out of character. As a child, she had had fantasies that ‘I might shorten the life of a cruel king and replace him by a romantic knight'”.
Considering her abhorrence of brutality of any kind, the scheme was uncharacteristically bold – especially from a woman who fretted that nothing she might do could possibly make a difference.
- "Fangirl meltdown, R142."\
Nope, not a fangirl. Just somebody with a reasonable amount of intelligence and unimpaired eyesight.
- The Barry Paris Garbo bio is a lot of fun to read. It gets more interesting once she leaves Hollywood and starts becoming, as someone once said, "a recluse about town."
- "Louise Brooks claimed to have slept with Garbo - reporting that she was very giving and tender in lovemaking, and that she was a "masculine dyke"."
I don't believe that tale. Louise Brooks, who liked to call herself a "purveyor of truth", was in reality, full of shit. Her book of essays "LuLu In Hollywood" is entertaining but full of inaccuracies. She had a strange way of looking at things.
As for Garbo...well, Brooks claimed that Garbo "made a pass" at her. The idea of Garbo making "a pass" at ANYBODY is pretty ludicrous. She never pursued anyone in her life; SHE was always the one pursued. If anybody made a pass it was Brooks.
Brooks said she and Garbo had a one night stand and that Garbo was "charming and tender." Garbo wasn't known for having one night stands, either.
Brooks was a drunken slut. She probably slept with a woman who slightly resembled Garbo, and created in her mind the fantasy that it was actually Garbo she was in bed with.
For anyone interested there is a very good biography of Garbo simply titled "Garbo" by Barry Paris. It's very detailed and informative and insightful. And if anyone is interested in Louise Brooks, Paris did a biography of her too, and it's a good read.
- r166, how would you know? Did you know her personally? \
Someone that secretive would probably not let anyone except her closest friends what she was doing behind closed doors.
- "Someone that secretive would probably not let anyone except her closest friends what she was doing behind closed doors."\
That''s what her closest friends said; that Garbo wasn''t particularly interested in sexual liasons with either sex. They said she really wasn''t that much interested in most things. A few things she enjoyed, but she had no real passion for much of anything.\
She did like taking long walks. She smoked. And she liked her food. After she met Gaylord Hauser, a health food advocate, she started eating simple and nutritious meals that were easy to make. \
Garbo, for all her mystery, was a very uncomplicated person.
- MGM''s famous costume designer Gilbert Adrian retired from the studio after the failure of Two Faced Woman, realizing that the end of Garbo was the end of Hollywood screen glamour as they defined it. \
But didn''t Garbo infamously remark to him (sorry, I''m paraphrasing): "You know, I never really liked any of those clothes you put me in."
- Marie Dressler (American actress)
"Garbo is lonely. She always has been and she always will be. She lives in the core of a vast aching aloneness. She is a great artist, but it is both her supreme glory and her supreme tragedy that art is to her the only reality.
The figures of living men and women, the events of everyday existence, move about her, shadowy, unsubstantial. It is only when she breathes the breath of life into a part, clothes with her own flesh and blood the concept of a playwright, that she herself is fully awake, fully alive."
Kenneth Tynan (British theatre critic and writer)
"Except physically, we know little about more about Garbo than we know about Shakespeare.
What when drunk one sees in other women, one sees in Garbo sober."
"She must think, that I'm trying to imitate her, but Garbo is unique. Garbo never gives Interviews and I wish I could do that too."
Katharine Hepburn (American actress)
"She had a real mystique and a real, REAL gift for movie acting."
"Her instinct, her mastery over the machine, was pure witchcraft. I cannot analyse this woman's acting. I only know that NO ONE else so effectively worked in front of a camera."
"If it could be said that Hollywood had a Queen, that Queen was Greta Garbo!"
Sir Laurence Olivier (English actor)
"Greta Garbo is the Sarah Bernhardt of Film and as shy as an antelope."
G.W. Pabst (German director)
"A woman like that comes around only once every hundred years."
Clara Boothe Luce
"A deer in the body of a woman, living resentfully in the Hollywood zoo."
Alistar Cooke (British journalist)
"She gave you the impression that, if your imagination had to sin, it could at least congratulate itself on its impeccable taste."
"Her mystery was as thick as a London fog."
"What was miraculous about Garbo was her innate mystique. It is difficult to describe a face of such radiant beauty…
When an actor or actress walks on stage and you suddenly become aware that the stage has been lit up, that everyone's eyes are fixed on the person in question – that kind of magnetism is nothing short of miraculous."
"One day, she's like a child, naïve, like a ten years old girl. The next day, she's mysterious woman 100 years old, who knows anything, tired of entire world, profound."
"In appearance she is really hermaphroditic, almost as flat as a boy, very thin, the eyes and voice extraordinarily pure and beautiful but she has the cold quality of a mermaid or something. ...
She scares me to death."
"To know Garbo, it must know the North... She will be always a nordic with what means of ponderation and of introversion. Greta Garbo was the foundress of an religious order called cinema."
- Thank you, R175!
- cool, r175.
- Did Joan Crawford have the hots for Garbo?
- Joan Crawford would have shagged a rusty nail, so I would say yes, she had the hots for Garbo.
- Actually, Marie Dressler sounds like the one with the hots for Garbo.
- Bump for the Great Sphinx.
- Christ on a crutch, R2. I''m a Kinsey Six, and I''d even want to sleep with her.
- Garbo docu, narrated by Julie Christie:
- the one and only.
- R2? Are you blind?
- Miss LEGEND!!
- She was most definitely the standard. Every star wants her energy.
- To think - they had Garbo, we have Cameron Diaz.
- Has anyone seen a photo of Garbo (in her prime) without makeup?
wondering what she''d look like with modern makeup
- OP, your taste in women and in acting is obviously in your ass.\
- Thanks R175. %0D\
Whether from their Archives or just via regular DVD, I hope one day the uncut version of MATA HARI is released. I always LOVED that film as a teenager, and only recently did I find it was edited for re-release by the Production Code and more recnetly I found out the uncut film was discovered. %0D\
I am 45 now, and I wonder how it would hold up for me today - Ramon Novarro was hot, but even as a gay man I realized Greta Garbo was staggeringly beautiful. %0D\
Despite the huge success of NINOTCHKA, her films made most of their money from the European markets, closed of course due to the war. %0D\
I believe Max Ophuls and she were looking at a film project but the financing fell through. It is too bad she never made another film; especially since so many European directors (Ophuls, Rossellini, etc.) made films for which she woul have been ideal.
- [quote]I''m a Kinsey Six, and I''d even want to sleep with her.\
Well apparently you''re not.
- [quote]Nope, not a fangirl. Just somebody with a reasonable amount of intelligence and unimpaired eyesight.\
Oh, you and many of the other shrill responses are from "FANGIRLS"!!!!
beauty is in the eye of the beholder dimwits.
- [quote]Serious and stunning\
She had thin lips!
- No she didn''t R194.
- she was beautiful
- Crawford never actually met Garbo.
- "Has anyone seen a photo of Garbo (in her prime) without makeup?"%0D\
There''s a photo of her in Barry Paris''s "Garbo", a very good biography of her in which she looks like she''s wearing no makeup or very little. She''s very young, only 18 years old. And her face is perfect, flawless. A flawlessly beautiful face.
- Look up early pictures of Gloria Swanson. A lot of actresses looked like shit in the 20''s. I think Garbo started to define was beauty was, tall skinny fair blonde with symmetrical features and an aloofness instead of ridiculous posing.
- Theda Bara was another ugly one. Norma Shearer was no great shakes either, and considered gorgeous. I think Greta changed everyone''s tastes in beautiful women.
- I''d call her beautiful. But more it was the mystique.\
Who has it now? There may be more beautiful and talented actresses, but they''ve all got to tweet or do talk shows or E! and spill their mundane details and reveal themselves to Oprah and say my most important job is mom and all that crap.\
Stardom ain''t what it used to be.
- I'm resurrecting this thread to say that I watched Grand Hotel yesterday. First time I watched it I was a kid so I didn't remember much. The movie is nice but one thing amazed me and that was just HOW BLOODY AWFUL Garbo is in it!!!!! It was terrible to watch her. Everything about her acting was forced, fake, practically amateurish. She never would have made it in the modern age unless she had played in z list movies. How she became such a big star I will never understand.
OTOH, a young Joan Crawford is not only beautiful in it but she's also sexy, playful and her acting is damn good!
- She's got Greta Garbo's great big thighs
She's go Bette Davis eyes.
- Certainly a noble and handsome looking woman with a strange,sexual ambiguity that even Zsa Zsa Gabor admitted falling prey to.
And I quote from Ms. Gabor's autobiography:(available on Amazon)
The next time I met Garbo I was alone at a party at Brian's house on 62nd Street in New York.
At the time, Rex Harrison was appearing on Broadway in My Fair Lady and he was quest of honour. Garbo spent most of the evening standing behind the bar flirting with me. Rex was all over Garbo and Garbo was all over me. I nearly melted.
Then Rex had to leave and Garbo said, "Let's bring Rex's coat." The coat was beige and the pockets were so full of vitamins that we could hardly carry it. We took it to him, Rex left, and Greta asked me if she could drive me home. I said yes, but I was afraid of her (Garbo).
We got to my hotel (I was living in the Savoy Plaza) and for a moment I felt like inviting Greta in. Then she (Garbo) said, "Darling, would you like to come to my apartment?" I was paralyzed.
Then she (Garbo) kissed me straight on the mouth. And I couldn't help kissing her back because she (Garbo) was so overwhelmingly strong and so beautiful. I've never had lesbian tendencies–but if I had ever had them, the woman of my life would definitely have been GRETA GARBO.
- I think that if Garbo was longer in the film industry she would surpass both Katharine Hepburn and Meryl Streep. She was THE ACTRESS! Her performances had such quality and such naturalness.
- Greta Garbo relaxes with co-star Niles Asther
- The online catalogue of her shit that was being sold was very interesting. It was all cool stuff, no garbage. Modern actresses can't pull off classy or mysterious anymore. Theron can do the mysterious part, maybe.
- Greta Garbo with Dorothy Sebastian