Garbo: A Biography

By Barry Paris
A Cedar House Audio Production
Read by Anna Fields

20.37 Hours 07/01/1997 unabridged
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No other twentieth-century film artist so captivated the world, or spent so much energy trying to hide from it. This is the story of Greta Garbo, from her troubled childhood in a working-class suburb of Stockholm, to Hollywood where she reigned as the divine star, to her unintentional retirement at thirty-six, self-exiled for the last half-century of her life. We see Garbo against the backgrounds of Europe, Hollywood, and New York. We see her serious, playful, passionate, funny, curious, and within her circle of intimates. Paris’ biography supplants the legend of Garbo the “enigma” with a revelation of the real woman, whose grip on our imagination remains as powerful today as it was ninety years ago when she dazzled the world in Flesh and the Devil.

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Summary

Summary

No other twentieth-century film artist so captivated the world, or spent so much energy trying to hide from it. This is the story of Greta Garbo, from her troubled childhood in a working-class suburb of Stockholm, to Hollywood where she reigned as the divine star, to her unintentional retirement at thirty-six, self-exiled for the last half-century of her life.

We see Garbo against the backgrounds of Europe, Hollywood, and New York. We see her serious, playful, passionate, funny, curious, and within her circle of intimates. Paris’ biography supplants the legend of Garbo the “enigma” with a revelation of the real woman, whose grip on our imagination remains as powerful today as it was ninety years ago when she dazzled the world in Flesh and the Devil.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Barry Paris has crafted a magnificent, moving biography—a feast of rare, delicious facts, exploded myths, and compassionate observations. Surely it will be the final word on this most-fantasized-about movie idol.” New York Daily News
“A witty, clearheaded correction to all the misinformation that has become part of the Garbo legend.” Vogue
“Magnificent, literate, detailed, and scrupulous. This is a book that at last solves the riddle of the Sphinx.” Sunday Independent (London) 
“A substantial work exploring the enigmatic life of one of the twentieth century’s most famous icons, a book notable above all for its humanity and compassion.” Newsday
“This strong, rich biography has sweeping detail, a huge cache of photos, and a satisfying grip on Garbo’s character…Paris offers what is likely to be the standard life of Garbo—handsomely made, a gripping must-read.” Hollywood Reporter
“Clearly establishes itself as the definitive, responsible biography she deserves…[Paris] more than substantiates his assertion that Garbo was ‘an anomaly, not a mystery.’ A necessary purchase for all biography and film collections.” Booklist (starred review)
“A moving biography that unearths connections between the private woman and the public actress.” Publishers Weekly
“Fields’ sardonic and wry style fits well the public persona of Garbo.” AudioFile
“For all that has been written about the movies’ most elusive goddess, Paris provides the first serious cradle-to-grave biography…should stand for some time as the definitive biography.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Barry Paris

Barry Paris is an author and journalist based in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His best-known works include acclaimed biographies of film stars Louise Brooks, Greta Garbo, and Audrey Hepburn. He is a movie reviewer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and cohost of a weekly radio show on WQED-FM. Paris has won multiple awards for cultural and investigative reporting.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 20.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English