I want to be alone. - Greta Garbo
I never said, 'I want to be alone.' I only said, 'I want to be left alone.' There is all the difference.
- Greta Garbo
The biggest star to come out of the silent era and continue her enormous succes into the talkies, Stockholm-born Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson) made her Hollywood debut in 1925 with Torrent. Her acting talents combined with a unique cool beauty soon made her an international movie icon.
'Garbo talks!' was the enticing tagline used to promote her first talkie, Anna Christie (1930), for which she received her first (of four) Academy Award nomination. Audiences couldn't get enough of Garbo and every film released with her name on the poster was a huge hit. Unfortunately, Garbo herself hated the moviestar life and retired in 1941. She still played a handful of roles after her retirement but she mostly led the life of a reclusive - ofcourse this only added to her mystery and attraction.
She never married or had any children, saying: "There are some who want to get married and others who don't. I have never had an impulse to go to the altar. I am a difficult person to lead."
There is an official Greta Garbo website here but, frankly, there doesn't seem to be an awful lot there.