Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Many of her films were sensational hits. In 1941, she retired after appearing in only twenty-eight films. Although she was offered many opportunities to return to the screen, she declined most of them. Instead, she lived a private life, shunning publicity
Crawford about 1927. She learned the ropes and had an indefinable something on screen that gave her star quality. She credited this to paying attention, being dedicated and grasping each and every opportunity that presented itself. Early on she determined to become a good actress and credited doing so not only to actors and directors but to lighting technicians and grips.