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Bella Donna: Greta Garbo

Swedish born actress Greta Garbo, née Greta Lovisa Gustafson, was known for her alluring, sensual, and extremely private nature. Before striking it big in both the silent and "talkies" film eras, her first job was in the beauty biz (ah, a girl after Bella's heart) as a lather girl at a local barbershop.

Another early job involved modeling hats, which ironically became one of Garbo's trademark accessories. Her slightly curled, medium length hairstyle and highly arched, rounded eyebrows represented the epitome of 1930s style. Pale, flawless skin and precisely lined matte red lips completed her soulful look.

A breast cancer survivor, Garbo died in relative seclusion in New York City in 1990. Her New York Times obituary read, "Mysterious and aloof, she appealed to both men and women, and she exerted a major influence on women's fashions, hair styles, and makeup."

In fact, her stunning, dramatic look was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records, having at one time been named the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Not one to fuss much with, well anything, really, she was once quoted as saying, "I live like a monk: with one toothbrush, one cake of soap, and a pot of cream."

Check out my gallery below to see more pictures of the legendary star:


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CorkinCokeACola CorkinCokeACola 7 years
My favorite Garbo quote: " I said I wanted to be left alone, not alone. There's quite a big difference you know."
Bolly Bolly 8 years
Now she is my kind of beauty icon. Audrey Hepburn eat your heart out!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
she is rocking those chola eyebrows for sure.
emalove emalove 8 years
Her eyebrows scare me.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
She's absolutely gorgeous.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
What really amazes me about these classic beauties is that they predate Photoshop - they really are that gorgeous! There were a few camera tricks with lighting and cheesecloth you could do to "soften" but you couldn't overtly CHANGE anything.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Love her!
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