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Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson; some sources cite her original surname as Gustafson), September 18, 1905, died April 15, 1990) was a Swedish actress.
Regarded as one of the greatest and most inscrutable movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studio system, Garbo received a 1955 Honorary Oscar "for her unforgettable screen performances" and was ranked as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In addition, she was named "the most beautiful woman who ever lived" by the The Guinness Book of World Records.
She died in New York on April 15th, 1990, at the age of 84, as a result of end stage renal disease (ESRD) and pneumonia, and was cremated. She had previously been operated on and treated for breast cancer, which she apparently overcame.
Her ashes are buried at the Skogskyrkogården Cemetery in Stockholm, Sweden.
For her contributions to cinema, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, in 2005 the U.S. Postal Service and Sweden Post jointly issued two commemorative postage stamps bearing her likeness.