the saga of gosta berling

Cecil Beaton, who would go on to photograph Garbo in instances like above, recounts the first time he met Greta Garbo at a party held by Grand Hotel director Edmund Goulding.

Before the party broke up, Garbo asked Beaton a pointed question, “Are you happy?”

“Yes,” he answered.
“It’s so easy to say ‘Yes,’”
“And you?” he asked.

“Tomorrow I go to work with a lot of people who are dead,” she sighed. “It’s so sad. I’m an onlooker. I’ve passed being active in life. It’s not a question of time and age—but it’s just what you are yourself. One doesn’t do the things one doesn’t want to do”

(Source: swintons, via deuxoiseaux)

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