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Greta and Cecil

Greta and Cecil

Greta Garbo first met society photographer Cecil Beaton in Hollywood in 1932. Both were caught in turbulent same-sex affairs. Yet Garbo flirted and danced with Beaton, told him he was pretty, presented him with ‘a rose that lives and dies and never again returns’ and at dawn drove away in her black Packard. Cecil took the rose home to England, framed it in silver and hung it above his bed.

Fifteen years later Greta and Cecil met again. For her it was an idle flirtation. For him it fuelled his ambition to photograph her, to be like her and to marry her – an obsession that became a betrayal. Souhami draws on diaries, memoirs, letters, photographs and films to reveal the truth behind this fascinating and narcissistic relationship.

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Biography: Arts & Entertainment

On Sale: 28th February 2013

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781780878874


'Compelling reading' Literary Review.
Literary Review
'Diana Souhami has conveyed an almost palpable impression in this book of the enchantment of Garbo's beauty' Mail on Sunday.
Mail on Sunday
'Souhami sculpts the narrative to reflect her elegant ideas on the worship of images, the blurring of boundaries in love and art, and the riddle that is androgyny' Observer.