Greta Garbo quote about her childhood


“It was eternally grey—those long winter’s nights. My father would be sitting in a corner, scribbling figures on a newspaper. On the other side of the room my mother is repairing ragged old clothes, sighing. We children would be talking in very low voices, or just sitting silently. We were filled with anxiety, as if there were danger in the air. Such evenings are unforgettable for a sensitive girl. Where we lived, all the houses and apartments looked alike, their ugliness matched by everything surrounding us.”
– Greta Garbo quote about her childhood.
Greta was raised in a working class neighborhood of Stockholm. She was a shy daydreamer who didn’t like school, but loved theater. It was a passion that became a career, as she would go on to act in many films and be nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Black and white portrait of Greta Garbo, featuring her with wavy hair, a pensive expression, and her chin resting on her hand.
Greta Garbo, circa 1930


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Greta Garbo quote about her childhood sources:

Genthe, Arnold, photographer. Portrait photograph of Greta Garbo. Between 1925 and 1942; from a negative taken 1925 july. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>. / Greta Garbo”. Lektyr (in Swedish). 9 (3). 17 January 1931 / Greta Garbo Wikipedia