Greta Garbo looking relaxed and happy and far, far away from Hollywood. Photographed by Cecil Beaton

tumblr_mlby4xAsJ31qaphz7o1_r1_500gglaughwithcigarette3baNPG x40153, Greta Garbo (Greta Lovisa Gustafsson)


  1. Heather in Arles

    Wow! I had to do a triple take! Isn’t it amazing what a smile can do to one’s face? Whereas when she was in Hollywood, she was beautiful from the outside in, here she is beautiful from the inside out!

  2. penelopebianchi

    Well; I just entered my (late EEK) sixties!!! (67!) And I felt awful for some of those beautiful women who have been botched
    by plastic surgeons. At the “awards”!! It is a culture, and some smiles have been “lost”!

    I went to a luncheon last year; and people I have known my whole life; I honestly, did not recognize until they spoke! I recognized their voices! I think they like they way they look; I was just heartbroken. I didn’t think they looked “young”; they looked “odd” to me! Oh well!!

    • I can’t imagine… you recognized their voices… That’s just shocking. I wonder if people who go to the same plastic surgeon end up looking similar to each other. I’m getting the chills just thinking about it! When I come up to see you and your shop and have tea (and deliver the novel) we have to talk about something less scary ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

  3. g.

    I love these pictures so much. Thanks for posting these.
    I keep a fashion inspiration tumblr where I try to represent people (esp women) at different ages. I find it’s easy to find great pictures of women under 40 or over 60 (the latter especially, since Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style blog), but there’s a no-man’s land between. This is very sad to me, as I find these are the decades incredibly beautiful. During this time, it’s difficult to describe women as “cute” or “adorable” (descriptors we tend to save for the young or old). More likely. these are the ages when women look really strong–both in feature and personality. Why are we not documenting this more?!

    • You are most welcome!
      It is peculiar that women “strong-both in feature and personality” aren’t represented as they should be. I think the reasons why would fill a volume, and have something to do with patriarchy, objectification, and market forces… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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