The Divine Garbo by Frederick Sands & Sven Broman hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1979, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: It was just a chance meeting at the home of a mutual friend, in Klosters, Switzerland, teatime of a summer afternoon in 1977. Frederick Sands was certain that she would walk right out when she discovered he was a journalist! But she stayed. They met again over a period of several days, took long walks together and she talked, revealing thoughts about her life that appear in no other book ever written about Greta Garbo.
The name is still magic. The life is still a legend. At last we have what is likely to stand for all time as the most accurate close-up portrait of the true Garbo! We are given an intimate glimpse of her relationship with her family as she grows up awkwardly. We follow her as she is discovered by the legendary Mauritz Stiller and given her first professional roles as she develops as a woman, as an actress, and as a personality. New research has uncovered previously unknown aspects of her relationships with men, her temperament, and the always enigmatic relationship with Stiller. Why did she retire so early in her career? What has her life been like since? Does she have any regrets?
In addition to the revealing text, this book provides the most complete collection of Garbo photos ever assembled. Included are rare shots from her early years in Sweden and a spectacular series of stills showing Garbo in many of her screen roles. Never-before-seen pictures of Garbo with one of the most prominent men in her life, Gayelord Hauser, taken during the 1940s in Nassau, the Bahamas, and at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, portray a Garbo the public has never seen. In photos taken by a friend, we see her simple nature, her ease and charm, and her warmth as she appeared in various outings with Hauser.
Until now, Garbo has been viewed only from afar, a subject for adoration, speculation, and criticism. Here for the first time she is captured up close, a flesh-and-blood person, revealing herself as the always fascinating, but ever mysterious woman who has been, for generations, in a class all by herself.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, snagged at the head of the spine with fading to the same onto the margins of the panels.
Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
243 pages. Index. 10¾” x 9¼”.
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