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Greta Garbo: A Life Apart (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 16. September 1997

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A Life Apart is the apt subtitle of this scrupulously researched biography of the star as legendary for her fiercely guarded privacy as for her haunting beauty and luminous acting in such films as Camille and Ninotchka. Entertainment writer Karen Swenson delineates a unique personality considerably earthier than Greta Garbo's screen image: shy yet blunt, devoted to her craft but indifferent to fame, sexually magnetic to both men and women, a loyal friend who mercilessly punished disloyalty. The author meticulously fact-checked the often unreliable memories of companions and lovers such as Cecil Beaton and Mercedes de Acosta to comprehensively document Garbo's long life (1905-90).


A biography of Greta Garbo, who thrived on her career but was very much a loner. Written from a woman's perspective, it includes insights into her bisexuality and struggles with movie executives at MGM. There are also some previously unpublished photographs.


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Excellent research and writing, this is THE Garbo biography. 11. Oktober 1997
Von Amazon Customer XL5 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Take it from someone who has a shelf full of books on Garbo, Karen Swenson's "Greta Garbo, A Life Apart" is easily the best of the bunch. Where other authors have simply repeated stories from book to book, Swenson uses a detective's eye to find the facts. The book is highly readable and manages to give you a glimpse of who the mysterious Greta Garbo really was.
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Read Swenson if you want to be alone with Greta Garbo! 19. Februar 2003
Von C. M Mills - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Karen Swenson is to be commended for a fine biography of Greta Garbo. Garbo is an enigmatic star more closely resembling a lonely sphinx camping out in the Sahara than a glitzy glamorous star in Hollywood's Golden Era.
Swenson delineates the Garbo career from the Swede's girlhood in a poverty stricken home in Stockholm to the extremely wealthy recluse she became in New York following her 1942 retiriement from the silver screen. (Her last flick was a bomb called "Two Faced Woman." Garbo had at least two faces in real life. The athletic outdoor woman she was could be kind and cruel as her moods were quicksilver in the soul of this Viking child of the North.
Barry Paris's book on Garbo contains more pictures and is, on the whole, better written. I did, however, enjoy Swenson's work
on the screen legend devouring the biography in huge portions of time.
Garbo was a great talent who lit up the screen with her peerless beauty and style. Costumes by Adrian and the magic of MGM camermen aided her in the climb to the top but she was herself unique for her aura of lonely beauty.
I appreciate the work of Karen Swenson. I hope you the reader do as well. If you read only one book on Greta Garbo you could do worse than selecting this excellent biography to fill you in on the Swedish queen of film.
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The One to Have 17. Dezember 1997
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Barry Paris' Garbo biography was hard to beat, but Swenson's manages to do so. Well-written, convincingly researched and even-handed (neither a white-wash nor an attack). I heartily look forward to Swenson's upcoming book on Joan Crawford. If anyone can put a rest to that Mommie Dearest nonsense, Swenson certainly can.
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Fascinating and believable... 25. Oktober 2000
Von Ruth A. Caldwell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This wonderful story, about a wonderful woman, combines a selection of rare photos with startling new information about her childhood, her career, tumultuous relationships with lovers and friends, and her life after Hollywood.
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A Bio Apart 19. Januar 2005
Von S. Twiselton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Swenson conveys an understanding of and respect for her subject as few biographers have. Not that anyone can know too much about Garbo, Swenson dug deep and this bio is full of pictures and information to make any Garbo fan's heart flutter into cardiac arrest! The Best!
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