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Happy birthday, Greta Garbo! ♡ 18th September 1905 - 15th April 1990

‘To know Greta - one must know the North. She may live the rest of her life in a Southern climate, but she will always be Nordic with all its sober and introvert characteristics. To know her one must know - really know - wind, rain, and dark brooding skies. She is of the elements - actually and symbolically. Forever, in this present incarnation, she will be a Viking’s child - troubled by a dream of snow.’ - Mercedes de Acosta

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H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y,  G R E T A  L O V I S A  G U S T A F S S O N ! // 18th September 1905 - 15th April 1990

It’s impossible to try and achieve anything out of the ordinary here…. If only those who dream of Hollywood know how difficult it all is.’ - Greta Garbo 

To know Greta - one must know the North… She will always be Nordic with all its sober and introvert characteristics. To know her one must know - really know - wind, rain and dark brooding skies.’ - Mercedes de Acosta

Directing Miss Garbo is like playing a fine musical instrument.’ - Rouben Mamoulian

Child or animal, whichever you please, I prefer to think of her as a deer, in the body of a woman, living resentfully in the Hollywood Zoo, suffering in the bonds of a complex civilization, startled by human contacts, disinterested in human things…. Our generation’s loveliest woman is but a phantom upon a silver screen.’ - Clare Boothe Lace