Robert Taylor on Garbo

The following is from the book Garbo by Robert Gottlieb. New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021, pp. 385-386 and 419.

Camille, 1936

There’s something about Garbo’s silences and her concentration that gets you, way down inside. The woman is one of the most powerful personalities in the world. She wears a kind of flat colorless make-up that gives you a suggestion of something out of this world. . . There’s a kind of radiation from her when you’re playing an intense scene that makes you play up to it, whether you have the stuff in you or not. She simply makes you find it and give.

Also: She thought with her eyes, photographically. The muscles in her face would not move, and yet her eyes would express exactly what she needed. Working with her was perhaps my greatest acting lesson, though I probably didn’t learn enough from it.

Camille cost $1, 486,000 to make. It brought in $2,842,000 with a profit of $388,000, or $8,212,000 in 2022 dollars.

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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3 Responses to Robert Taylor on Garbo

  1. Jacob says:

    Garbo was a talentless whore.

    I’m so glad Taylor got lung cancer at such an early age!


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