Becoming an actress
When Greta was fourteen， her father， to whom she was extremely close， died， and her relationship with her mother was， at best， strained. Consequently， she was forced to leave school and go to work. Her first job was as a lather girl in a barbershop. She then became a clerk in a department store， where she would also model for newspaper ads. Her first motion picture aspirations came when she appeared in an advertising short for the department store where she worked. That led to another short movie， which was seen by comedy director Eric Petscher. He cast her in a small part for the movie Peter The Tramp （1922）。
From 1922 to 1924， she studied at the prestigious Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. While she was there， she met the Swedish director Mauritz Stiller. He trained her in cinema acting technique and cast her in a major role in G??sta Berlings Saga （1924） （English： The Story of G??sta Berling）。 He also gave her the stage name Greta Garbo. She starred in two movies in Sweden and one in Germany.
When Stiller went to the United States in 1925 to work for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer， he insisted that Garbo be given a contract as well. But their relationship came to an end as her fame grew. He was fired by MGM and returned to Sweden in 1928， where he died soon after.
Garbo felt her movies had their proper place in history and would gain in value. On February 9， 1951， she became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She was awarded a special Academy Award for her unforgettable performances in 1954. In the mid-1950s， she bought a seven room apartment in New York at 450 East 52nd Street， where she lived for the rest of her life.
She would at times jet-set with some of the world's best known personalities， such as Aristotle Onassis and others， but chose to live a private life. She spent time gardening flowers and vegetables and was known for taking walks through New York streets dressed casually and wearing large sunglasses， always avoiding prying eyes， the paparazzi and media attention.
Garbo lived the last years of her life in absolute seclusion. She had invested very wisely， was known for extreme frugality， and was a very wealthy woman. It is rumored that she wrote an autobiography just before her death but this book has yet to be published if it exists.
She died at age 84 as a result of renal failure in New York and was cremated. She had previously been operated and treated for breast cancer， which she apparently beat. She left her estate to her niece. Her ashes are buried at the Skogskyrkog??rden Cemetery in Stockholm， Sweden.
Greta Garbo has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.