Died at age 85 in 1990
Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood's
silent and classic periods. Many of her films were sensational hits. Garbo
was nominated four times for an Academy Award and received an honorary
one in 1954 for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances".
Through her first three silent films, Garbo became an international star. With her first talking film, Anna Christie (1930), MGM marketers enticed the public with the catch-phrase "Garbo talks!" In 1932, popularity allowed her to dictate the terms of her contract and she became increasingly choosy about her roles. Many critics and film historians consider her performance as the doomed courtesan Marguerite Gautier in Camille to be her finest. In 1941, she retired at the age of 35 after appearing in twenty-eight films. Although she was offered many opportunities to return to the screen, she declined all of them. Instead, she lived a private life, shunning publicity.
Enjoy photos and movies from her younger acting days from 1923 to 1940
"The Most Beautiful Woman In Film"
"Baby" or "The Platinum Blonde"
1940s movie star
"The Love Goddess"
The Profane Angel, The Hoosier Tornado
1950s movie star
"LuLu" or "Brooksie"
Attila the Nun, Saint Loretta
1940s iconic actress
The "It" Girl
"Billie" or "Cranberry"
1940s beautiful actress
"The British Open"
Queen of Hollywood, The Perfect Wife
Baby Gladys, The Glad Girl
The Queen of Scream
"The Peek-a-boo Girl"
Hot Toddy, The Ice Cream Blonde
1920s film comedienne and philanthropist
"The Fifth Warner Brother," or "The First Lady of Film"
"The First Lady of American Cinema"
"Hollywood's Number One party girl"
"The Pin-Up Girl" or "The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs"
"The Siren of Swindon" or "Hurricane in Mink"
"Baby" or "The Look"
1930s movie star
"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"
"Queen of the B's"
"The 'Ping' Girl"
The "Oomph" Girl
"The Hungarian Rhapsody"
1930s sexy wisecracker
"The Beautiful One" or "Dottie"
1930s winsome blonde
1930s B-movie starlet
The First Lady of MGM, Queen Norma
Queen of Ra-Ta-Taps
"The Cameo Girl" or "Rusty"
1930s comic cutie
1930s pale-eyed blonde
1930s fashion star
1930s "nice girl" actress
1930s actress, novelist, and early aviator
Queen of Warner Brothers
1920s silent film actress