New York Apartment owned by Greta Garbo Listed for $6 Million

Greta Garbo NYC Apartment

Hollywood actress  Greta Garbo spent decade living in her high-end and very exclusive New York City apartment.

Now, according to sources, for the first time in 64 years, the film legend’s seven-room Manhattan residence, which overlooks the East River can be your for just  $6 million dollars.

Buyers who are interested in the place must be willing to pay cash—no financing deals are allowed at the Campanile.

Going Once…Going Twice….SOLD!

The Swedish-born showbiz legend purchased the three-bedroom and three-bathroom fifth floor co-operative in 1953 and occupied the 2,855-square-foot unit until her death, at 84, in 1990.

The ritzy residence was built in 1927.  It was once the home of English actor Rex Harrison and members of the mega-rich Heinz and Rothschild families. the Campanile was also home to Garbo’s great friend George Schlee who lived on the 9th floor with his spouse, flamboyant and haughty Ukrainian-born café society fashion designer Valentina.

The apartment hasn’t changed all that much since when Garbo lived there. The pink-and-green color scheme that she chose for the space is largely intact, and many of her decorative touches (including salmon-colored Fortuny silk living the bedroom walls) are still in place.

Hollywood Actress Greta Garbo Gossip News and Trivia:

  • Greta Garbo lived the last few years of her life in absolute seclusion.
  • October 1997: Ranked #38 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.
  • Letters and correspondence between Garbo and poet, socialite and notorious lesbian Mercedes de Acosta were unsealed on April 15, 2000, exactly 10 years after Garbo’s death (per De Acosta’s instructions). The letters revealed no love affair between the two, as had been rumored.
  • Greta Garbo once voted by The Guinness Book of World Records as the most beautiful woman who ever lived.
  • Her parents were Karl and Anna Gustafson, and she also had an older sister and brother, Alva Garbo and Sven Garbo. Her father died when she was 14 of nephritis, and her sister was also dead of lymphatic cancer by the time Greta was 21 years old.
  • Her personal favorite of all her movies was Camille (1936).
  • She disliked Clark Gable, a feeling that was mutual. She thought his acting was wooden while he considered her a snob.
  • Left John Gilbert standing at the altar in 1927 when she got cold feet about marrying him.
  • Before making it big, she worked as a soap-latherer in a barber’s shop back in Sweden.
  • During filming, whenever there was something going on that wasn’t to her liking, she would simply say, “I think I’ll go back to Sweden!”, which frightened the studio heads so much that they gave in to her every whim.
  • In the mid-’50s she bought a seven-room apartment in New York City (450 East 52nd St.) and lived there until she died.
  • 1951: Became a US citizen.
  • Garbo’s sets were closed to all visitors and sometimes even the director! When asked why, she said: “During these scenes I allow only the cameraman and lighting man on the set. The director goes out for a coffee or a milkshake. When people are watching, I’m just a woman making faces for the camera. It destroys the illusion.
  • If I am by myself, my face will do things I cannot do with it otherwise.”
  • Garbo was criticized for not aiding the Allies during WWII, but it was later disclosed that she had helped Britain by identifying influential Nazi sympathizers in Stockholm and by providing introductions and carrying messages for British agents.
  • Garbo was prone to chronic depression and spent many years attacking it through Eastern philosophy and a solid health food regimen. However, she never gave up smoking and cocktails.
  • Except at the very beginning of her career, she granted no interviews, signed no autographs, attended no premieres and answered no fan mail.
  • Her volatile mentor/director Mauritz Stiller, who brought her to Hollywood, was abruptly fired from directing her second MGM Hollywood film, The Temptress (1926), after repeated arguments with MGM execs. Unable to hold a job in Hollywood, he returned to Sweden in 1928 and died shortly after at age 45. Garbo was devastated.
  • Garbo actually hoped to return to films after the war but, for whatever reason, no projects ever materialized.
  • She was as secretive about her relatives as she was about herself, and, upon her death, the names of her survivors could not immediately be determined.
  • Never married, she invested wisely and was known for her extreme frugality.
  • Related to Anna Sundstrand of the Swedish pop group Play.
  • Although it was believed that Garbo lived as an invalid in her post-Hollywood career, this is incorrect. She was a real jet setter, traveling with international tycoons and socialites. In the 1970s she traveled less and grew more and more eccentric, although she still took daily walks through Central Park with close friends and walkers. Due to failing health in the late 1980s, her mobility was challenged. In her final year it was her family that cared for her, including taking her to dialysis treatments. She died with them by her side.
  • She was originally chosen for the lead roles in The Paradine Case (1947), My Cousin Rachel (1952) and “The Wicked Dutchess”. She turned down these roles, with the exception of “The Wicked Dutchess”, which was never shot due to financial problems.
  • Popularized trench coats and berets in the 1930s.
  • According to her friend, producer William Frye, he offered Garbo $1 million to star as the Mother Superior in his film The Trouble with Angels (1966). When she declined, he cast Rosalind Russell in the part–at a much lower salary.
  • She was voted the 25th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Sister of Sven and Alva.
  • Her favorite American director was Ernst Lubitsch, although Clarence Brown, directed her in six films, including the classics Flesh and the Devil (1926), A Woman of Affairs (1928), Anna Christie (1930) and Anna Karenina (1935).
  • Her first “talkie” film was Anna Christie (1930).
  • She was voted the 8th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
  • Was named #5 Actress on The American Film Institute’s 50 Greatest Screen Legends
    Spanish sculptor Pablo Gargallo created three pieces based on Garbo: “Masque de Greta Garbo à la mèche,” “Tête de Greta Garbo avec chapeau,” and “Masque de Greta Garbo aux cils”.
  • Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna’s song “Vogue”
  • Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative postage stamp issued 23 September 2005, five days after her 100th birthday. On the same day, Sweden issued a 10kr stamp with the same design. The likeness on the stamps was based on a photograph taken during the filming of As You Desire Me (1932).
  • Once lived in the famed Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles (8221 Sunset Boulevard).
  • Aunt of Gray Reisfield (daughter of Sven Gustafson).
  • Grandaunt of Derek Reisfield and Scott Reisfield, children of Gray Reisfield and Donald Reisfield.
  • Her first film appearance ever was in a short advertising film that ran in local theaters in Stockholm.
  • Her performance as Ninotchka in Ninotchka (1939) is ranked #25 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest
  • Performances of All Time (2006).
  • Gary Cooper was reportedly one of her favorite actors. She requested him for several of her films, but nothing ever materialized.
  • Throughout her MGM career she insisted that William H. Daniels be cinematographer on her pictures. This may not have been purely superstition, as the two notable films she made without him–Conquest (1937) and
  • Two-Faced Woman (1941)–were her only notable flops.
  • She was Adolf Hitler’s favorite actress.
  • Was mentioned in The Killers’ “The Ballad of Michael Valentine”.
    Mentioned in the song “Celluloid Heroes” by The Kinks.
  • Was offered the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (1950), but she turned it down. Gloria Swanson was cast instead and she went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.
  • Was offered the role of Mama Hanson in I Remember Mama (1948), but she turned it down. Irene Dunne was cast instead and went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.
  • Is going to be on the 50 Kronors banknote in 2015.
  • Mentioned in the song “Perfect Skin” by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions.
  • She was the last surviving person mentioned in the song “You’re the Top” featured in the 1934 Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes”.
  • First Swedish actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others are Ingrid Bergman, Lena Olin, Ann-Margret, and Alicia Vikander who won the Oscar. The only Swedish actor to be nominated is Max von Sydow.
  • Mentioned in the song “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes.
  • Mentioned in the song “She Keeps On Coming” by The Bee Gees.
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle has a portrait of Greta Garbo on the tail of one of their Boeing 737’s. It is one of their many “Tail Fin Heroes”.

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