Measurements: 35 1/2-26-38 (in July 1930), 35 1/2-28-33 1/2 (according to MGM designer Adrian), 35B-27-38 (noted in "Those Glamorous Years" book), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
Mentioned in The Killers' "The Ballad of Michael Valentine".
Mentioned in the song "Celluloid Heroes" by The Kinks.
Never married, she invested wisely and was known for her extreme frugality.
October 1997: Ranked #38 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
Once lived in the famed Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles (8221 Sunset Boulevard).
Once voted by The Guinness Book of World Records as the most beautiful woman who ever lived.
Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative postage stamp issued 23 September 2005, five days after her 100th birthday. On the same day, Sweden issued a 10kr stamp with the same design. The likeness on the stamps was based on a photograph taken during the filming of As You Desire Me (1932).
Popularized trenchcoats & berets in the 1930s.
Related to Anna Sundstrand of the Swedish pop group Play.
She disliked Clark Gable, a feeling that was mutual. She thought his acting was wooden while he considered her a snob.
She was Adolf Hitler's favorite actress.
She was as secretive about her relatives as she was about herself, and, upon her death, the names of her survivors could not immediately be determined.
She was originally chosen for the lead roles in The Paradine Case (1947), My Cousin Rachel (1952), and The Wicked Dutchess. Garbo turned down these roles, with the exception of The Wicked Dutchess, which was never shot due to financial problems.
She was voted the 25th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
She was voted the 8th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
Sister of Sven and Alva.
Spanish sculptor Pablo Gargallo created three pieces based on Garbo: "Masque de Greta Garbo à la mèche," "Tête de Greta Garbo avec chapeau," and "Masque de Greta Garbo aux cils."
Throughout her entire MGM career, she insisted that William H. Daniels be cinematographer on her pictures. This may not have been purely superstition, as the two notable films she made without him--Conquest (1937) and Two-Faced Woman (1941)- were her only notable flops.
Was named #5 Actress on The American Film Institute's 50 Greatest Screen Legends