Garbo’s Secret

Brenda Maddox

  • Garbo by Alexander Walker
    Weidenfeld, 191 pp, £10.00, September 1980, ISBN 0 297 77799 8

Why did the most beautiful and adored of early movie queens walk out at the height of her career and become a virtual recluse? Alexander Walker treats Garbo as a mystery to which he at last can offer an answer. Indifference to the prize, he says; the same detachment that enabled her, at 20 and just arrived in Hollywood, with little English, to defy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the most powerful of Hollywood studios, and win.

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