Greta Garbo, the elusive Hollywood actress of the 1930s, was so inscrutable she was known as the Swedish Sphinx.

Born in Stockholm, she is best remembered for leading roles in the movie classics Queen Christina and Anna Karenina and for the famous phrase “I want to be alone” – a misquoted line from her 1932 hit Grand Hotel. It fitted her image as a star who shunned the glitz and hoopla of Hollywood.

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