Friday, February 22, 2008

My Weekend Crush

In honor of this weekend’s Academy Awards, I had wanted to make this Weekend Crush one of the nominated actresses. But then I realized that aside from the age-inappropriate ones and Amy Ryan (who, to be honest, I simply don’t know anything about), I had already pretty much crushed them all. Instead, I decided to take a trip back into Oscar’s 80-year history to honor an actress who, while she never won a statuette, left her indelible mark on both the awards and cinema. Greta Garbo was nominated three times for best actress, the first time in 1923 at only the third Academy Awards ever. Eventually in 1954, she was given an honorary Oscar. But Garbo’s greatness isn’t about the hardware. It transcends the normal trappings of fame and gets down to the heart of what it means to be a star.

That face, dear God, that face. With her perfect, broad cheekbones, intimidating arched eyebrows and slow, steady gaze, she gave nothing away. Some faces are open books, hers was a locked diary. But, oh, the secrets that waited inside, if only you knew the combination. Just her name alone, Garbo, has become synonymous with beauty and mystery. As an actress who emerged in the silent era, her first talkie was promoted breathlessly with “Garbo Talks!” -- which gives you an idea of the enigmatic figure she cut even back then. Her early exit from the industry, at age 36, only contributed to her mystique. Her sexuality was just as shrouded in mystery. Since her death in 1990, biographies have delved into her affairs with women including the poet Mercedes de Acosta and fellow actress Marlene Dietrich. And today, people still use her oft-quoted line from “Grand Hotel” as a plea for privacy: “I vant to be alone!” But a face like that will always leave us wanting more. Happy Oscars and happy weekend, all.

8 comments:

Slym said...

OMG!!! Ms. Snarker if your taste in astonish beauty gets any better, then I'll need a new heart! *THUD*

You fucking rock!! Real Hard!

Slym said...

Shit... I was so damn excited that should have been "astonishing" but who can hold it against me. *Thud* again

Anonymous said...

the oscar for best taste in women goes to ... Dorothy Snarker for her presentation of the Divine. Congratulations!

Amanda said...

I'm cheering for Cate Blanchett. I love that woman and she played the most amazing Dylan ever. An attractive one at that...

Lula de Montes said...

Queen Christina, last minutes, final shot: enough said.
And when she slinks into the bar in Anna Christie and orders a whiskey.
Film buff, sorry.

cappuccinogirl said...

Oh Garbo forever!!!! I honestly think I could see The Mysterious Lady and Anna Karenina a million times and never grow tired of them.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful choice for a weekend crush. Garbo made me fall in love with classic movies. She especially made me love silents. She was fantastic and her mystery only made her even more brilliant. Oh, that Swedish Sphinx (*Swoon*).

~Caro(I guess this comment is no longer anonymous - oh well)

valentina said...

OH my god I can't believe you picked her, she's my favourite actress ever. I think she is the most beautiful woman that ever existed and I'm so in love with her. I've watched Queen Christina countless times and I always cry when I watch Camille.
Best weekend crush ever!!