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LIFE.com: Out of Sight: Famous Recluses

Greta Garbo, 1905 - 1990

In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked the beautiful, mysterious Swedish actress as the fifth greatest female star of all time. In the 1950s she bought an apartment in New York City, where she lived for the rest of her life, hardly venturing out, refusing all interviews. None other than the formidable Bette Davis once said of her: "I cannot analyze this woman's acting. I only know that no one else so effectively worked in front of a camera." (Hulton Archive/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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