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Greta Garbo Sails to Fame

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Legendary Swedish movie actress Greta Garbo and Finnish director Maurtiz Stiller smile for the press photographers on board Swedish American Line’s Drottningholm (1905) en route to the United States in 1925.

Two years earlier, Garbo had left Sweden’s Academy of the Royal Dramatic Theatre to star in Stiller’s film “Gosta Berling’s Saga“, which premiered in 1924 and was a critical and commercial success. Louis B. Mayer, president of MGM, signed Garbo to a contract after viewing “Gosta Berling’s Saga,” and she moved to California in late 1925 (her Drottningholm voyage was likely part of this journey).  Her first American film was “The Torrent,” which premiered in March 1926.  “The Torrent,” “The Temptress” and “Flesh and the Devil” accounted for 13 percent of all of the revenue generated by all MGM films produced during the 1925/26 production year.  Garbo was suddenly an international star.

Drottingholm. Compare the double-stacked lifeboats in this photo to the one behind Garbo and Stiller in the main photo.

Drottingholm. Compare the double-stacked lifeboats seen in this photo to the ones located behind Garbo and Stiller in the main photo.

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