Garbo by Barry ParisGarbo by Barry Paris


byBarry Paris

Paperback | August 1, 2002

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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 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.
Title:GarboFormat:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.4 inPublished:August 1, 2002Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081664182X

ISBN - 13:9780816641826


Rated 2 out of 5 by from There are better Garbo biographies out there! What started off as a really entertaining and informative biography of one of my absolute favourite screen stars ended up becoming really dry and dull about halfway through. Truth be told, I didn't even finish reading the last couple of chapters in this book because I honestly didn't feel as if it had anything else to offer me (that was worthwhile, at least). Aside from its downward spiral at the halfway point, another thing about the biography that bothered me was how often the author (Barry Paris) mentioned silent film star Louise Brooks. Now don't misunderstand me, I adore Louise Brooks as much as the next person, but this biography wasn't supposed to be about her! It says "GARBO" on the cover in big, bold letters so therefore I'm going to assume it's a book about the life and career of Greta Garbo ... at times, it certainly didn't feel that way. Would I recommend this book to other people? No. There are better Garbo biographies out there (A Life Apart by Karen Swenson is one of them). This biography was a real disappointment.
Date published: 2015-09-04