GRETA GARBO (1905-1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, epitomized the word "Star" during Hollywood's Golden Age. While not outgoing, she was not a recluse either, having a close circle of friends until her death.
Haven't you seen Grand Hotel (1932)? Garbo's ballerina Grusenskaya falls for fallen aristocrat John Barrymore. Garbo's performance is haunting and this is where she uttered the classic line, "I want to be alone." Superb!
Watch this and then see these other four films.
Ninotchka (1939) Here Garbo is the polar opposite of her character in Grand Hotel. She is a hard-nosed Commissar slowly seduced by capitalism in this wonderful comedy.
Camille (1936) Here Garbo is another tragic heroine, a glamorous courtesan succumbing to consumption. An incredibly handsome Robert Taylor is her conquest.
Queen Christina (1933) Her final scene is haunting as she looks beyond the camera. She said director Rouben Mamoulian told her to "think of nothing." Beautiful.
Anna Christie (1930) Garbo Talks!! Her first sound film, and what a doozy. It's directed by Clarence Brown from a play by Eugene O'Neill.
*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Wed, Oct 12 2005 / 13:53:38 PST
1929 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: ROMANCE
1929 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: ANNA CHRISTIE
1937 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: CAMILLE
1939 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: NINOTCHKA
1954 Honorary and Other Awards , for her unforgettable screen performances. Winner presented a Statuette.