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The Life & Times of Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo's lifetime reunites all the elements that make her one of the few true  legends in the pantheon of movie icons which graced our mass culture: humble beginnings, an iron will to succeed blended with a strange introverted quality, beauty, genius, fame, mystery and loneliness.

She did live as Karen Swenson, her best biographer elegantly puts it “a life apart” and led as she always wanted two lives “one for the movies and one for herself”. To study the various events which constructed and shaped Garbo's existence and led to her consecration as the screen's supreme actress and star as well as her withdrawal from films in 1941 is like trying to put together the various pieces of a tantalizing riddle without quite finding the answers.

Despite the considerable number of books and film studies or articles written on the celebrated actress, we still and will always inevitably find ourselves as mere mortals attempting to solve in vain the mysteries surrounding the life and art of a distant and yet invariably human goddess.


The number one source for this Timeline is Karen Swenson's 1997 released Garbo biography Greta Garbo: A Life Apart. This is the best and most accurate book about Garbos-Life.

There's so much information in A Life Apart. Some of it is more subtle, correcting factual errors from other books and re-positioning popular myths. Unfortunately the book is only released in English-language.

You can get the book here!

Greta Garbo: A Life Apart

TIMELINE  1905-1919
TIMELINE  1920-1924
TIMELINE  1925-1929
TIMELINE  1930-1934
TIMELINE  1935-1939


TIMELINE  1940-1944
TIMELINE  1945-1949
TIMELINE  1950-1954
TIMELINE  1955-1959
TIMELINE  1960-1964
TIMELINE  1965-1969
TIMELINE  1970-1974
TIMELINE  1975-1979
TIMELINE  1980-1984
TIMELINE  1985-1989
TIMELINE  1990-1999


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