- NAME: Greta Garbo
- OCCUPATION: Actress, Pin-up
- BIRTH DATE: September 18, 1905
- DEATH DATE: April 15, 1990
- EDUCATION: Royal Dramatic Theater
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Stockholm, Sweden
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- AKA: Greta Gustafsson
- Full Name: Greta Lovisa Garbo
- Originally: Greta Lovisa Gustafson
- Nickname: The Mona Lisa of the 20th Century
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Greta Garbo is best known for her acting career, in both silent and talking films before World War II.
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During World War II, while much of Hollywood rallied the country around the war effort, Garbo remained largely silent, which earned her criticism.
Over the last half century of her life, in fact, Garbo proved to be an ever-increasing mystery. On the advice of a friend, she invested heavily in real estate and art. At the time of her death she was estimated to be worth more than $55 million.
Eventually Garbo left California and settled into a new life in New York City,
where she loved to window shop and periodic Greta Garbo spottings were reported like UFO sightings.
In the late 1980s her kidneys began to fail, forcing her to stop her walks, which only further cut her off from the outside world. She died on April 15, 1990 at a New York City hospital.
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