Greta Garbo

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Museum seeks Bowie dress for show putting spotlight on Jewish designers
Museum of London Docklands appeals for missing pieces whose influential creators have been overlooked

Esther Addley

23, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Asta Nielsen, the silent film star who taught Garbo everything
The Danish actor was a cinema pioneer and wildly popular all over the world. She is largely forgotten – discover her in a BFI season dedicated to her extraordinary talent

Pamela Hutchinson

27, Jan, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Garbo by Robert Gottlieb review – distant darling of the silver screen
The renowned editor wittily explores the appeal of the actor, whose ability to charm and mystify mesmerised admirers – until her abrupt retirement in the age of the ‘bombshell’

Peter Conrad

02, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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From the archive: looking back at Greta Garbo’s private world, 1979
The actor knew she could never really be happy, but somehow she got by in her pink apartment in New York

Chris Hall

29, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Sunset Boulevard at 70: we’re all Norma Desmond now
Sunset Boulevard showed the damage wrought by fame. Seventy years on, popular culture is more obsessed than ever with being seen

Tom Joudrey

04, Aug, 2020 @11:32 AM

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From the archive: the story of how Greta Garbo became a star
It’s 1970, and the Observer has an interview with the film director who claims to have made Garbo one of the world’s most famous women

Chris Hall

27, Oct, 2019 @6:00 AM

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‘I go nowhere, I see no one’: Garbo letters reveal lonely life of film icon
The star told her closest friend of her isolation in a series of notes that are now up for auction

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

05, Oct, 2019 @11:35 AM

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From Nosferatu to The General – why the 1920s is my favourite film decade
Chaplin and Keaton made millions laugh, but silent cinema’s greatest classics were the fruit of wild European fancy … and then Hollywood invented the talkies

Pamela Hutchinson

04, Apr, 2018 @5:00 AM

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From The Wizard of Oz to Top Hat – why the 1930s is my favourite film decade
Depression-era audiences escaped into a whirl of glamour, fantasy and monsters in a decade that ushered in Hollywood’s golden age

Alex von Tunzelmann

02, Apr, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Scrooge finds his place at theatre box office | Brief letters
Brief letters: Taking babies to work | Ray of sunshine in Brexit gloom | Starling murmurations | Charles Dickens | Masked cricketers


04, Dec, 2017 @6:48 PM

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Loneliness of Greta Garbo laid bare as letters put up for sale
Actor wrote to a Swedish friend about her loathing for Beverly Hills and fears over how her films would be received

Maev Kennedy

04, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Actresses now prefer the word actor, but Greta Garbo was an actress
Women might not wish to be lumped in with any old bloke in a dodgy Western, says Katharine Whitehorn

Katharine Whitehorn

23, Jan, 2017 @11:00 AM

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