Greta Garbo, L subtext and romantic scenes

This fanmade video is compiling some of Greta Garbo’s most famous scenes from The Temptress (1926), Anna Christie (1930), Flesh and the Devil (1926), Camille (1936), Anna Karenina (1935), Queen Christina (1933), Grand Hotel (1932), Mata Hari (1931), The Painted Veil (1934) and The Kiss (1926). Greta kept her privacy out of the limelight. According to her private letters recently published in Sweden to mark the centenary of her birth, it would appear that she was closed in on herself and quite depressed. Greta Garbo was bisexual, and engaged in significant relationships with men and women. She would have tended to prefer women but lost interest in sexuality by maturing. It seems that she remained unmarried by love and fidelity to the Swedish actress Mimi Pollak with whom she maintained an epistolary relationship that lasted sixty years. At the birth of Mimi Pollak’s son, she sent her a telegram saying: “Incredibly proud to be a father”. The woman of letters Mercedes de Acosta, whose correspondence with Greta Garbo was published in 2000, later revealed a long and meaningful relationship with her too. Greta was also linked more or less platonically with actresses Marlene Dietrich, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Louise Brooks, Ona Munson, and the author Salka Viertel.

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