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Greta Garbo's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights from a Storied Career

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Greta Garbo in "Grand Hotel," 1932/MGM. (imdb.com)

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 05:42 AM

"Always the bridesmaid, never the bride" is a phrase that is applicable in many situations; one such satiation is Greta Garbo's luck at the Academy Awards. Despite being nominated four times, including twice in 1930, Garbo did not ever come home from the ceremonies with a statuette. Despite this, she was able to claim a few awards for herself.

Here is a look at some of the highlights and honors from her brief yet storied career.

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Academy Awards

The year 1930 was a good one for Garbo. She starred in the title role in "Anna Christie" and as Madame Rita Cavallini in "Romance." Even with two nominations, however, Garbo came home empty-handed from the ceremonies held at the Fiesta Room at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Norma Shearer, also nominated twice, took home the Oscar for her role in "The Divorcee."

Eight years later, and six years after starring as part of an ensemble cast in the Academy Award-winning "Grand Hotel," Garbo was again up for an Oscar as the Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in "Camille," a performance many in the industry thought was the one most deserving of the award.

However, Luise Rainer came away with the Oscar for her role in "The Good Earth." Finally, Garbo received her final Academy Award nomination for her performance in "Ninotchka," which was her next-to-last film and one and only foray into comedy. Garbo was again shut out, this time losing out to Vivien Leigh for her performance as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind."

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In 1955, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wished to correct the oversight of Garbo never having been honored by them by giving her an honorary Oscar for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances." However, by this time, Garbo had been retired from films for 15 years and was rarely seen in public. She did not appear at the ceremony to claim her honorary Academy Award, which was claimed for her by actress Nancy Kelly.

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Garbo had a little better luck with the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. She was nominated four times, according to IMDb. Including in 1939 for "Ninotchka" and in 1941 for her final film, "Two-Faced Woman. She did not win those times, but did win the previous two times she was nominated, for 1935's "Anna Karenina" and 1936's "Camille."

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Located at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard, Garbo also earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place on Feb. 8, 1960.

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