© THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 31, 1932:
Greta Garbo Sails In Guarded Cabin
Two Private Detectives Shield Actress in Royal Suite of the Gripsholm, on Way to Sweden
The whereabouts of Greta Garbo Swedish film star, which has been puzzling hundreds of cinema enthusiasts in New York during the last week, was cleared up yesterday when she sailed for Grothenburg in the Gripsholm of the Swedish-American Line without being interviewed or photographed. This is the ship in which she tentatively booked her passage in June at the company’s office in Los Angeles. The elusive actress occupied the royal suite in the Gripsholm and had two stalwart private detectives on guard at the door to keep intruders away.
Miss Garbo’s name did not appear in the advance list of passengers, nor would any of the officials admit she was going in the ship until the gangway had been lowered to the pier.
They told the reporters that the film star had made it a special condition in booking her passage on Thursday that her name was not to be made public or printed in any of the passenger list.Dr. Johannes Hoving, chairman of the Swedish societies in New York handed the purser of the Gripsholm a medal to be presented to Miss Garbo on the night of the ship’s concert. It has been struck off to commemorate the ter-centenary of the Swedish King, Gustavus Adolphus, which will take place in Nov. 6. Dr. Hoving said that a likeness of Washington appears on one side of the medal in commemoration of the bicentennial of the latter’s birth.
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