“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, 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.