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Gray Horan ... on Greta Garbo

Grandniece of Greta Garbo: Gray HoranGray Horan (picture right) said in an ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST interview in 2005: »Greta Garbo was my great aunt. My grandfather and she were sister and brother. My grandfather had one child, my mother. So, we have a very small family and she was my only great aunt. And I was her only great niece. So, it was very special. And I really recognize that now.«

... on Greta Garbo's Reputation

»Her reputation, I think, was created by others – not necessarily by Garbo. I think they tributed a lot to her out of frustration: She did not grant interviews to the press for, I say, the last 60 years of her life. Maybe 70 years of her life. She just was very private.«

... on Greta Garbo's Art Collection

»Garbo was always interested in art and collecting. She knew about what she collected. She studied it. She went to galleries, she went to museum exhibits. She pursuit her beautiful objects, art and antiques on the European continent and in the United States. Interestingly, a very hefty component of her collection, which included three Renmarks and a Bonnard were all acquired the year after she stopped making Hollywood films in 1942. And that may have had something to do with the beginning of the war and it might have been a sort of seen as a very strategic place to invest in. But she did continue to collect – and collected very earnestly and very deliberately throughout her life time.«

... on Greta Garbo's Own Art

Greta Garbo's home»She said to me one time: "I would have been good at whatever I had set up to do." She had that great natural confidence. And she was a designer, she was an artist – I think to a core, certainly. And when she was not more longer acting, she applied that artistic approach to her collecting, her interieur design. She did paint and she made a number of rugs, that she designed. She painted the designs out. And they were called »Birds in Flight« and they were very post modern. Very lively – very colorful. And she made them with V’Soske’s rugs, a place in New York, that would then contract for the handmade manifacturing. And she took great pride in them. And her hallway had this beautful pink- and green-hued rug, that she had designed – it was very successful.«

... on Greta Garbo's Visitors

»Her home was a sanctuary – you didn't get in there uninvited. And when you came to her home there were sort of rooms that would then open up onto other rooms. She would maybe let some people in to the first room, the foyer. It would be very tantalizing, because you wouldn't really get beyond that. You know, I went in all the rooms and that was a real trek – and I knew that that was a trek. But she was very private, very protective. Not really showing in any way, she lived with her things very comfortably. And she entertained in her home but it was always a very quiet type of entertainment.«

... on Greta Garbo's Favorite Room

»Her living room is immense. It's a very large room for New York. And it has a sweeping 180 degree view of the East River from the UN down. And it's just a magnificantly sun-filled space. It was covered with fantastic paintings – very colorful, very lively. Beautiful Savonnerie rug, Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture, fortuny fabric ... I mean, it was just so rich, and so colorful – so happy! So I think that it really revealed a side to her, that loved beautiful things and loved color and vibrancy.«

• Click here to see the original interview © ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST 2005

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