Greta Garbo was a tall, overweight duckling who became an enchantress swan. Critics and fans considered Garbo the most alluring, vibrant and yet aloof character to grace the motion-picture screen.
She probably made more money in fewer films than anyone else in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's history. The films were both silent and sound, and 23 of them ranged from adequate to superb in the eyes of critics; the 24th was a failure that sent her into retirement at 36, her classic features still unmarked by age.
In 1936-37, director George Cukor was placed in charge of what many feel was Garbo's finest portrayal, the courtesan "Camille." Its cast included Robert Taylor and Lionel Barrymore. Other roles included "Romance" with Lewis Stone, "Inspiration" with Robert Montgomery and "Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise," in which her co-star was a "tough-guy" actor named Clark Gable, a departure from the pretty faces that had heretofore appeared opposite her own.