Thursday, September 9, 2010

Garbo in Head Piece

Dark Star: The Untold Story of the Meteoric Rise and Fall of Legendary Silent Screen Star John Gilbert by his daughter, Leatrice Gilbert Fountain, published 1985. $20 Hardcover. Click on Title above.

Garbo in a Head Piece

Gore Vidal said of Garbo that she spoke of her youth as, "When I was a boy..."  And if you went into the bathroom after her you'd find the seat up.  One of her biographies in the '70's or so said she left John Gilbert at the altar and wouldn't answer her phone.  She had music on and was dancing with a   girlfriend.  Gilbert got into a fight with Mr. Mayer.  Mayer told Gilbert he would destroy him if it cost him a million dollars.  The embarassment of Garbo's no show and now his career being ruined cost John Gilbert his life.  He slowly died of alcoholism because Garbo wasn't in the mood for a wedding.
As a matter of fact, she said she didn't know what she ever saw in him.

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