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Greta Garbo (1905-1990) is as famous for her reclusiveness as for starring in such enduring classics as Flesh and the Devil, Grand Hotel, Queen Christina, and Ninotchka. In this richly illustrated volume, renowned biographer Barry Paris offers the definitive biography of this fascinating and complex woman-from her hardscrabble childhood in Sweden to her arrival in Hollywood at the age of nineteen, from her meteoric rise to stardom to her unintentional retirement from filmmaking at the height of her fame, from the...
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Overview

Greta Garbo (1905-1990) is as famous for her reclusiveness as for starring in such enduring classics as Flesh and the Devil, Grand Hotel, Queen Christina, and Ninotchka. In this richly illustrated volume, renowned biographer Barry Paris offers the definitive biography of this fascinating and complex woman-from her hardscrabble childhood in Sweden to her arrival in Hollywood at the age of nineteen, from her meteoric rise to stardom to her unintentional retirement from filmmaking at the height of her fame, from the new life she crafted for herself to her surprising, and failed, plans for a comeback. Drawing on hitherto unavailable material, including one hundred hours of tape-recorded conversations, fifty years of correspondence, and interviews with Garbo's surviving friends and family, Paris reveals the real woman behind the enigma.

Barry Paris is an award-winning biographer, film and music critic, and journalist who is the author of Louise Brooks (Minnesota, 2001). His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, American Film, and numerous other publications. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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Editorial Reviews

Liz Smith
Barry Paris has crafted a magnificent, moving biography-a feast of rare, delicious facts, exploded myths, and compassionate observations. Surely it will be the final word on this most-fantasized-about movie idol.
New York Daily News
Donald Newlove
This strong, rich biography has sweeping detail, a huge cache of photos, and a satisfying grip on Garbo's character. . . . Paris offers what is likely to be the standard life of Garbo-handsomely made, a gripping must-read.
Hollywood Reporter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816641826
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 680
  • Sales rank: 415,597
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2002

    Stunning, a beautiful book!

    Well researched with all the facts laid out before the reader. Yet one is left unable to define Garbo though Paris has told us everything about her. Truly the work is a testament to her mystery. Beautiful pictures, though I could not appreciate Garbo's beauty at the outset, I did see one photograph of her that I think is the most beautiful woman in the world. If for a moment I could divert from Garbo, I fell in love with the historical setting - the people, America, Hollywood of that era. If we have such glamor now, I have been blinded by the elegant posturing of the silents to see it now. Barry Paris' narrative is so well written. He tells a story, a page turner, his own original words forming themselves into memorable quotes. And I am so glad that he painstakingly de-bunked that phony Gronowicz. I was so sad to finish the book, surely there is more Garbo, more Paris, but there is no more Garbo and Paris. Won't somebody out there lie to me and tell me that there is another biography of such magnitude?

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