Friday, March 5, 2010

Greta Garbo, the most beautiful woman ever lived

Greta Garbo, (18 September 1905 - 15 April 1990), a Swedish actress during Hollywood's silent film period and part of its Golden Age, is regarded as one of the greatest and most inscrutable movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studios. Garbo received a 1954 Honorary Academy Award ‘for her unforgettable screen performances. In 1999 she was ranked as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

Garbo was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress for Anna Christie (1930), Romance (1930), Camille (1937) and Ninotchka (1939). According to Bette Davis, “Her instinct, her mastery over the machine, was pure witchcraft. I cannot analyse this woman's acting. I only know that no one else so effectively worked in front of a camera.”

Garbo was frequently caricatured in the animated cartoons of her times, including Warner Brothers' Porky's Road Race, Speaking of the Weather and Hollywood Steps Out, and was caricatured in Disney's Mickey's Gala Premiere.

She was voted Best Silent Actress of the Century in 1950, and was once designated as the most beautiful woman who ever lived by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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