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The Great Garbo

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This lavishly-illustrated tour through the film career of Greta Garbo (1905-1990) provides a biographical background of the star and an analysis of her very special mystique. Payne describes how Garbo's timeless beauty worked its magic in such films as Flesh and the Devil, Anna Christie, Mata Hari, Grand Hotel, Queen Christina, Camille, and Ninotchka. Remarkable photos sho ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published September 6th 2002 by Cooper Square Press (first published January 1st 1976)
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Sep 25, 2008 Bill rated it it was ok
Great photos of GG, but the book is basically a long and drawn out over-poeticized narrative of the author's feelings about Garbo, as opposed to a biography of her life or a chronology of her career in Hollywood. Author seems intent on attempting to impress readers with his writing style than present information on his chosen subject.
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Pierre Stephen Robert Payne (4 December 1911 – 3 March 1983), was a novelist, historian, poet, and biographer.
Born in Cornwall, the son of an English naval architect, and with a French mother. He worked as a shipbuilder and then for a time with the Inland Revenue. In 1941 he became an armament officer and chief camouflage officer for British Army Intelligence at Singapore. In the summer of 1946, P
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