Recognize the woman in the photo? No worries. It’s Greta Garbo, the Swedish actress, and international star, from the silent movie era. She was nominated for an Academy Award four times; and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for Anna Karenina and, also, for Camille.
The American Film Institute ranked her fifth on their list of the greatest female stars of all time, after Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman.
She was only 35 when she retired, choosing to live the rest of her life out of the public eye. In fact, she went out of her way to avoid publicity. She’s probably best known for this famous line from the movie, Grand Hotel: “I want to be alone”.
Sometimes I do, too.
Like yesterday. But first, the back story. I met a friend for brunch. When we were done, she asked what I had planned for the rest of the day. I’ve been out of eye shadow and mascara for a while. I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve been literally scraping tiny particles of shadow out of the corners of its little container. And I’ve been adding the odd droplet of water to my mascara, too.
Why? I have no idea. No reason. No excuses. I’ve probably just been too lazy to walk the very few blocks to the store. One would think I had to travel for three hours by bus, train and horse and buggy, to get there. Shameful, really. My friend will be Continue reading →