“From the age of fifteen,” wrote Brooks by way of preface, “I was pursued by lesbians and I was strongly attracted by them, but not much sexually. By the time I got to Hollywood, everyone thought I was a lesbian. In 1928 when I met Garbo at Alice Glazer’s, we sat facing each other closely across narrow breakfast table. Her gaze was so intense and so eloquent that I left after an hour although I had intended to spend the afternoon.” They only met a few times, she told film writer John Kobal, adding offhandedly: “She made a pass at me.” She claimed they spent a night together, and that Garbo had been both charming and tender. If so, it was not repeated.