Greta Garbo

Swedish-American actress (1905–1990)

Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson; 18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) was a Swedish-American actress.

Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
Greta Gustafson

(1905-09-18)18 September 1905
Died15 April 1990(1990-04-15) (aged 84)
Cause of deathRenal failure and pneumonia
Years active1920–1941

Life and career


Greta Gustafson was born in Stockholm, she studied at the Royal School of Dramatic Art in her native city, while working as a fashion model.[1][2] She became a star in Sweden when Mauritz Stiller cast her in the 1924 silent movie The Atonement of Gösta Berling.

Soon after, she came to the attention of Louis B. Mayer and went to Hollywood in 1925. Soon, she established herself as one of the world's most popular movie stars.

Some of her most notable movies include; Mata Hari (1931), Queen Christina (1933), Camille (1936), Conquest (1937) and Ninotchka (1939).[1]

She retired from movies in 1941 and became an American citizen on 9 February 1951. In 1984 she had breast cancer. She lived as a semi-recluse in New York City until her death (April 15; 1990) there from renal failure and pneumonia.


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  • The Illustrated Who's Who of Cinema, Portland House, New York, 1987.

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