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Quotations From GRETA GARBO

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  • 1.
    [When asked if she believed in "women's lib":] Not really. Not when I see what most of them look like.
    Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actor; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 8, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979). Said in 1977. Garbo, who never married and was reputed to enjoy intimate relationships with women as well as with men, had been an extraordinarily successful actress and legendary beauty. Her last movie was released in 1941, when she was 36; thereafter, she lived quietly and independently.

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  • 2.
    It is bitter to think of one's best years disappearing in this unpolished country.
    Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actor; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 4, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979). Written in a letter to her friend, the Swede Lars Saxon, on February 2, 1926; less than a year earlier, Garbo had come to the United States to make movies.
  • 3.
    Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?
    Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actor; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 4, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979). Written in a letter to her friend, the Swede Lars Saxon, in 1926. The previous year, Garbo had come to the United States to make movies; she was "longing" to return to Sweden and believed that after making another three films—which she thought would take "perhaps ... another six months"Mshe would do so. However, she did not.
  • 4.
    This is where I have wasted the best years of my life.
    Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actor; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 6, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979). Originally quoted by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), an English designer and photographer who claimed to have had a romance with Garbo. She said this to him in the late 1940s, a few years after her retirement, when he accompanied her on a trip to Hollywood.

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  • 5.
    I'm tired and nervous and I'm in America. Here you don't know that you live.
    Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actress; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 4, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979). Written in a letter to her friend, the Swede Lars Saxon, on August 20, 1927; two years earlier, Garbo had come to the United States to make movies.

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  • 6.
    My talents fall within definite limitations. I am not as versatile an actress as some think.
    Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actor; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 5, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979). Said at some time in the second half of her life, after she had retired. Many critics considered her the greatest actress in the history of the movies.
  • 7.
    It could be so beautiful here if the Americans themselves had not made it so ugly with their big buildings, their millions of cars, and noise ...
    Greta Garbo (1905-1990), Swedish actor; relocated to the United States. As quoted in The Divine Garbo, ch. 4, by Frederick Sands and Sven Broman (1979). Written in a letter to her friend, the Swede Lars Saxon, in autumn 1925, soon after arriving in California to make movies. She would eventually choose to make New York City her home.

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