Welcome to Enigmatic the approved fanlisting for, who else, but the amazingly brilliant and beautiful actress Greta Garbo.

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"The woman nobody knows, the woman everyone wants to know." Garbo's Hollywood career, one of the strangest in screen history, lasted 15 years and comprised only about two dozen films. It came to a halt when at 35, the star suddenly retired to spend the rest of her long life avoiding the public.

Swedish-born Greta Gustafsson arrived in the US in 1925, her first MGM film established her as electrifying presence appealing to both men and women. She costarred most frequently with John Gilbert, her ideal on-screen (and off) lover. A legendary recluse who hid under a slouch hat and dark glasses and who wore no makeup, she once rebuffed Groucho Marx, who had attempted to greet her. "Oh, pardon me, ma'am," he blurted. "I thought you were a guy I knew in Pittsburgh".

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In the mid-1950s she bought a seven-room-apartment in New York City (450 East 52nd Street) and lived there until she died.

Garbo was prone to chronic depression and spent many years attacking it through eastern philosophy and a solid health food regiment. However, she never gave up smoking and cocktails.

Never married, she invested wisely and was known for her extreme frugality.

Interred at Skogskyrkogården Cemetery, Stockholm, Sweden.

Lived the last few year of her life in absolute seclusion.

Letters and correspondence between Garbo and poet, socialite and notorious lesbian 'Mercedes De Acosta' were unsealed on April 15, 2000, exactly 10 years after Garbo's death (per De Acosta's instructions). The letters revealed no love affair between the two, as had been fervently rumored.

Once voted by The Guinness Book of World Records as the most beautiful woman who ever lived.

Her parents were Karl and Anna Gustafson, and she also had an older sister and brother, Alva and Sven. Her father died when she was 14 of nephritis, and her sister was also dead of lymphatic cancer by the time Greta was 21 years old.

Her personal favourite movie of her own was Camille (1937)

She disliked Clark Gable, a feeling that was mutual. She thought his acting was wooden while he considered her a snob.

Left John Gilbert standing at the altar in 1927 when she got cold feet about marrying him.

Became a US citizen. [1951]

Garbo was criticized for not aiding the Allies during WWII, but it was later disclosed that she had helped Britain by identifying influential Nazi sympathizers in Stockholm and by providing introductions and carrying messsages for British agents.

Except at the very beginning of her career, she granted no interviews, signed no autographs, attended no premieres, and answered no fan mail.