You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet: The American Talking Film: History & Memory, 1927-1949

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Actors and Actresses

GRETA GARBO (1905-1990)

What, when drunk, one sees in other women, one sees in Garbo sober. Kenneth Tynan

Maybe it is like the dreams you have when some one you have seen in the cinema comes to your bed at night and is so kind and lovely. He'd slept with them all that way when he was asleep in bed. He could remember Garbo still, and Harlow. Yes, Harlow many times. Maybe it was like those dreams. But he could still remember the time Garbo came to his bed the night before the attack at Pozoblanco and she was wearing a soft silky wool sweater when he put his arm around her and when she leaned forward her hair swept forward and over his face and she said why had he never told her that he loved her when she had loved him all this time? She was not shy, nor cold, nor distant. She was just lovely to hold and kind and lovely and like the old days with Jack Gilbert and it was true as though it happened and he loved her much more than Harlow though Garbo was there only once while Harlow -- Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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