I love the picture above, it's so beautiful and contemprorary.
I've started reading Barry Paris's book on Garbo. I like this, he goes into details, the only details he's lacking on a little is her films, he doesn't seem to care for some of her silents without really explaining why. He does seem to get to the essence of Garbo, explaining the often contradictory nature she displayed. I've read up to Susan Lenox (another film he didn't care for, or Mata Hari) and although I've read about Garbo and Gilbert's romance before from different view points, his is the most touching and tries to understand both parties actions, he likes Gilbert , he rates Gilbert along with John Barrymore and Charles Boyer as the only costars that Garbo had that were up to Garbo's acting standards. He doesn't rate Clarence Brown's work very highly either, Clarence Brown being the director who directed her most often but praises highly her work for Edmund Goulding (Love and Grand Hotel).
It struck me that perhaps the Star is Born story is based a little on Garbo and Gilbert, more Gilbert he being the big star who often didn't behave himself who had a mighty fall. I know they weren't married and no doubt A Star is Born is borrowed from different lives but Gilbert for my money, is Norman Maine.
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself - Charlie Chaplin