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Great European Lives

Greta Garbo

Great European Lives Podcast
Great European Lives Podcast

In this episode, host Charlie Connelly examines the life of Swedish-American actress Greta Garbo. She was always called a recluse, but this was not strictly true. Residing in the heart of Manhattan, she could often be found in art galleries and auction houses alike. She may have had her eccentricities, such as making her coffee in a casserole dish, but she still had a familiar presence in the city. She portrayed characters whose lives had been battered by injustice, with their stories often ending in tragedy. Needless to say, it was a sentiment she captured with skill as by the outbreak of the Second World War, she was earning $270,000 per film.

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