Greta Garbo Apartment!
Legendary Swedish actress of the 1920s and 30s, Greta Garbo, was as well known for her reclusiveness and abhorrence of publicity as she was for her classic Hollywood films.
A sultry and mysterious beauty, she is still remembered today through her famous line from Grand Hotel in 1932, “I want (vant) to be alone.”
The line was actually “I want to be left alone.”, but the public said it their way and it immediately became a part of her perceived persona.
Not able to speak a word of English and having started out in silent films with The Joyless Street in 1925, by 1930 she had learned enough English to star in her first talkie, Anna Christie, which received critical praise.
From there she made a number of well received films including Mata Hari, Grand Hotel, and the most important film of her career, Anna Karenina.
World War II interrupted Garbo’s film career and though she wanted to continue, the right project didn’t come along until deep in her retirement, which at that point she turned down.
Never married, she had left an early fiance, frequent co-star, John Gilbert, at the alter realizing that she could never lead a life of compromise.
However, frugal to the extreme, she invested well, primarily in stocks and bonds, acquired a valuable art collection and was able to provide for a comfortable, if secluded, retirement.
At the time of her death, her estimated estate was worth near $57 million.
In 1950, Garbo purchased an apartment in New York City overlooking the East River, where she was able to watch the shipping channel activity all the way to New York Harbor that reminded her a lot of her home in Sweden.