A twentieth-century Swedish-born American film actress. Garbo was celebrated for her classic beauty and her portrayals of moody characters.
In the movie Grand Hotel, Garbo made the famous statement, “I want to be alone.” She retired from the movies in the early 1940s and lived as a recluse until her death in 1990.
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