Melina Mercouri Was Hot For Greta Garbo

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In the '70s, Greek actress Melina Mercouri played the girlfriend of Alexis Smith in the rivetingly trashy Once Is Not Enough--a lesbian love affair that some say was based on one between Greta Garbo and socialite Barbara Hutton.

But in real life, it was Garbo herself who Melina would have switched teams for.

In her memoir I Was Born Greek--which I was recently gifted with (thank you, Santa)--Melina revealed:

"The physical love of woman for woman is something I can understand, intellectually--Sappho was one of our islanders.

"I'm ready to accept that it can be beautiful, but it's something that I have not known or felt--except for Garbo.

"But I also know that she is beyond any one sex, and that it is perfectly in order for man, woman, and child to react erotically towards Garbo.

"She is the essence and the ultimate of all sex."

Funny, I always found Garbo magnificent yet completely asexual. She's the last one I would have converted for!


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glamor
glamor

Kiriakis1, Beauty gives you power. Garbo, by many accounts, enjoyed that power. She was rather ordinary-looking as a young girl before getting a few surgical enhancements. Anybody who makes that kind of transformation is probably going to have some feelings of self-doubt later.

Kiriakis1
Kiriakis1

I've always wondered how Garbo felt about being objectified by so many. Did she consider her beauty a blessing? I wouldn't think so, since she made no efforts to preserve it as she got older.

rolph
rolph

I love her more than ever knowing she collected troll dolls!

Movielover
Movielover

Interestingly, Cecil Beaton, huge homo (queen) was supposed to be hot for Greta too. Read that Marlene did her. THAT'S not surprising. People seem to love manish women who are also pretty: Greta, Babs Stanwyck, Kate Hepburn, Marlene. People are not as hot for handsome men who are womanish.

via
via

yet there was somthing so conscious deeep when she looked in the eyes ... like she was on an island somewhere .... and her rhythmn was a knowing rhythm..... Melina must have been able to relate to it ... Garbo was mesmerizing and vibrational..... !

Frnklin2001
Frnklin2001

Maybe Garbo is the love object for women who don't really want to commit to lesbianism.

rolph
rolph

I bet Marlene Dietrich would have been hotter in bed! Garbo was so remote.

Melinda9
Melinda9

He wrote about his relationship with GGarbo in his diary. I forgot most of it, but as seen though his eyes, she comes off as an odd person. I didn't totally understand his devotion to her, except maybe he thought she needed a friend. Or maybe he just liked being close with such a reclusive celebrity. I know he got fed up sometimes. Something that stuck in my head: he was at her NYC apartment, and found a little colony of troll dolls that she kept under the sofa.

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